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  • Originally published 11/30/2017

    The Damage Trump Has Done

    Sean Wilentz

    He has conquered the party of Reagan and is fulfilling a dream of the hard right – the demolition of government.

  • Originally published 10/24/2017

    Trump Is the New ________

    Zachary Jonathan Jacobson

    Nixon? Reagan? Jackson? Historical analogies are simplistic, misleading—and absolutely essential.

  • Originally published 04/25/2017

    The 1980s: The Good Ol’ Days?

    Kevin Mattson

    Although analogies with the past are usually flawed, we can still look at the past in search for some hope against hope about the present.

  • Originally published 02/22/2016

    The Black Panther Who Fell for Reagan

    Gil Troy

    Eldridge Cleaver was about as hardcore a Black Panther as there was—until he traveled the world and realized the U.S. was flawed but better than the rest. So he endorsed Reagan.

  • Originally published 01/25/2016

    Reagan as History

    Kiron K. Skinner

    Can any one biography do justice to the life and accomplishments of America’s fortieth President?

  • Originally published 09/16/2015

    Donald Trump Is Reagan’s Heir

    Matthew Pressman

    The real-estate mogul is deploying similar tactics, but can he convince America to take a chance on him like the nation once did with Reagan?

  • Originally published 09/04/2015

    Ronald Reagan, Heretic

    Timothy Egan

    There’s a gaping disconnect among Republicans in 2015 between their worship of the 40th president and the reality of his long public career.

  • Originally published 08/23/2015

    Carter, Reagan, and Machiavelli

    Paul Krugman

    Rex Nutting has a very nice article about the reality of Jimmy Carter’s presidency, which has been distorted out of recognition by the myth of Saint Reagan.

  • Originally published 08/11/2015

    Roots of Reaganolatry

    Paul Krugman

    Right-wing Reagan-worship requires a heavy dose of historical ignorance.

  • Originally published 05/13/2015

    What Reagan Learned from FDR

    H. W. Brands

    Roosevelt showed what a president can achieve by tapping the power of the American people, and Reagan was nothing if not an apt pupil.

  • Originally published 02/20/2015

    What Putin Learned From Reagan

    Stephen M. Walt

    Russia’s power play for Ukraine takes a page out of the Gipper’s playbook. We should have seen it coming.

  • Originally published 10/30/2014

    The Reagan Reflex

    Jeff Shesol

    Reagan’s appeal seems only to intensify with time.

  • Originally published 08/03/2014

    Rick Perlstein's new book on Nixon and Reagan wins praise in double NYT reviews

    HNN Staff

    "It says much about Perlstein’s gifts as a historian that he persuasively portrays this sulky, slender interlude between the fall of Nixon and the rise of Reagan (as his subtitle has it) not just as a true bottom of our history but also as a Rosetta stone for reading America and its politics today."

  • Originally published 05/07/2014

    Ronald Reagan's Benghazi

    Jane Mayer

    Congress actually undertook a useful investigation and made helpful recommendations.