The Right Moment : Ronald Reagan's First Victory and the Decisive Turning
Ronald Reagan's first great victory in the 1966 California governor's race is one of the pivotal stories of American political history, a victory that seemed to come from nowhere and has long since confounded his critics. Just four years earlier Governor Edmund "Pat" Brown was celebrated as the "Giant Killer" for his 1962 victory over Richard Nixon, and his liberal agenda reigned supreme. Yet in 1966 political neophyte Reagan trounced Brown by almost one million votes, marking not only the coming-of-age of Reagan's new conservatism but also the first serious blow to modern liberalism. Drawing on scores of oral histories, thousands of archival documents, and personal interviews with participants, Dallek offers a gripping new portrait of the 1960s that is far more complicated than our collective memory of that decade.
- Paperback | 298 pages
- 154 x 230 x 20mm | 479.99g
- 08 Apr 2004
- Oxford University Press Australia
- OUP Australia and New Zealand
- Melbourne, Australia
"Built on prodigious research in manuscript papers and oral history, grounded in sound judgment and fair-minded assessments, and sustained by a lively, fast-paced narrative full of vivid characters and telling anecdotes, The Right Moment represents political history at its very best."--The Chicago Tribune"[Dallek] succeeds admirably in tracing the roots of the Reagan phenomenon to the turmoil of the 1960s."--The New York Times Book Review"What I admire most about The Right Moment...aside from the clear, compelling, page-turning quality of Mr. Dallek's writing, is his ability to weave ideas, personalities, national trends, California political history and Sacramento insider politics into one seamless whole in less than 250 pages of text."--The Washington Times"Gripping. In the place that brought us Watts riots and the Berkeley Free Speech movement, Mario Savio and Huey P. Newton, Hollywood and holistic health, another 1960s was playing out. Largely dismissed by commentators at the time and ignored by historians afterward, a new conservative order was rising.The story of California [through its] savvy right wing. "--The Washington Post Book World"A refreshing and well-written book, and it tells a good story. Dallek shows Reagan not as an empty-headed actor memorizing lines, but as an intensely serious right wing ideologue, and a gifted proponent of his views. "--The Washington Monthly
About Matthew Dallek
Matthew Dallek, a former speechwriter for Richard A. Gephardt, earned his Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University in 1999. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and other national publications. He lives in Washington, D.C.