Book Discussion on Sleepwalking Through History
Mr. Johnson’s book, Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years, talks about the 1980s as the most important years… read more
Mr. Johnson’s book, Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years, talks about the 1980s as the most important years in the United States since World War II. Ronald Reagan was the first president since Eisenhower to serve two consecutive terms, and this Mr. Johnson said, made it possible for him to “invent an age” whose consequences Americans will be dealing with for years. Mr. Johnson chronicles the significant events that occurred during the Reagan era, including the Iran hostage situation. He also describes the key figures of the era, such as Ivan Boesky, Oliver North and Jim Baker. According to Mr. Johnson, the way to understand the Reagan decade is by examining how America’s economic status fell from that of a dominant world power to a struggling debtor nation. close
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