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978-1-4985-6954-5 • Hardback • March 2018 • $122.00 • (£94.00)
978-1-4985-6956-9 • Paperback • August 2020 • $45.99 • (£35.00)
978-1-4985-6955-2 • eBook • March 2018 • $43.50 • (£33.00)
N. Stephen Kane is a former U.S. State Department officer and university professor.
Chapter 1: Nicaragua: Peril at the Gates?
Chapter 2: Yellow Rain: To Bee or Not to Bee?
Chapter 3: Arms and Controversy: Selling Advanced Weapons to Saudi Arabia
Chapter 4: The MX Missile: Phoenix Rising
Chapter 5: The Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI): The Impossible Dream?
Chapter 6: Grenada: The Fury That Wasn’t So Urgent
Chapter 7: Diversion, Denial, and Scandal: Responding to Iran-Contra
Conclusions: Analysis and Discussion
Note on Sources
In this exceptional scholarly contribution, N. Stephen Kane confronts the conventional wisdom of President Ronald Reagan as the “Great Communicator.” . . the book offers seven detailed case studies that challenge the going public model of presidential leadership. . . . Kane makes a clear and convincing case that Reagan’s public relations efforts largely failed on these policies.
— Congress & the Presidency
In this clearly-written, well-researched book, Stephen Kane demonstrates convincingly that Ronald Reagan was not at all `the Great Communicator’ of his era. Despite considerable effort, Reagan failed to alter widespread public opposition to his administration’s key foreign and military policy ventures.
— Lawrence S. Wittner, , author of Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement