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Author Garrison, Justin D.

Title "An empire of ideals" [electronic resource] : the chimeric imagination of Ronald Reagan / Justin D. Garrison.

Imprint New York : Routledge, 2013.

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Description xii, 238 p.
Series Routledge research in American politics and governance ; 5
Routledge research in American politics and governance ; 5.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Justin D. Garrison provides an original and groundbreaking analysis of Ronald Reagan's imagination as it was expressed mainly in his presidential speeches. He argues that the predominant strain of Reagan's imagination is "chimeric," that is, imbued with a high degree of optimism, romantic dreaminess, naivete, and illusion. Reagan spoke often about religion, democracy, freedom, conservatism, progress, America's role in the world, the American people, the American Founding, and peace. These are for him important symbols, which together express his general vision of politics and human existence. These symbols have to be analyzed in depth in order to understand who Reagan really was and what he represented to his admirers. The book concludes that Reagan's vision contains many dubious elements that present dangers for practical politics and claims that the popularity of Reagan's imagination among Americans suggests a problematic self-understanding. Surpassing, existing works on Reagan's ideas and speeches, this book systematically explains the general quality and major components of Reagan's vision, and it draws upon political theory, aesthetics, and American political thought to analyze his imagination"-- Provided by publisher.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Reagan, Ronald -- Language.
Reagan, Ronald -- Rhetoric.
Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Communication in politics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
National characteristics, American -- Political aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Optimism -- Political asepcts -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1981-1989.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author ProQuest (Firm)
ISBN 9780415818483 (hardback)
9780203581230 (e-book)

 
    
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