Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Reagan's Distorted Legacy

I just finished reading an important and illuminating book on the legacy Ronald Reagan bequeathed to our generation. The book, Tear Down This Myth, written by Pulitzer winning reporter Will Bunch, sheds much light on some of the most misunderstood aspects of the Reagan years and on the mythology that was created in service of the GOP's patron saint by callous and deceitful hagiographers, including Reagan's role in ending the Cold War, his deranged marriage to the supply-side economic theory (which haunt us to this day and will haunt us for years to come, his divisive social policies, and on and on and on).

An excellent and more succinct complement to the book is this article by Robert Parry, on the deformed legacy that conservative hagiographers have been peddling about the 40th president.

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