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Landslide; The Unmaking of the President, 1984-1988

Mayer, Jane, and McManus, Doyle

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ISBN 10: 039545185X / ISBN 13: 9780395451854
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA, 1988
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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xi, [1], 468 pages, Notes on Sources. Index. DJ has slight wear and soiling. Jane Meredith Mayer[2] (born 1955) is an American investigative journalist who has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1995. In recent years, she has written for that publication regarding: money in politics; government prosecution of whistleblowers; the United States Predator drone program; Donald Trump's ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz; and Trump's financial backer, Robert Mercer. Doyle McManus (born approximately 1952) is an American journalist, columnist (for the Los Angeles Times),[2][3] who appears often on Public Broadcasting Service's Washington Week. He joined the L.A. Times in 1978, reporting from Los Angeles, the Middle East, Central America, New York. He transferred to the Times's Washington, D.C., bureau in 1983, where he covered the U.S. State Department, and White House. Essentially a journalistic history of the Iran-contra affair, the book argues that this episode succeeded in finally exposing a President, and in destroying a presidency, whose previous triumphs had rested on little more than the manipulation of emotional symbols. Yet stubbornly resistant to the book's thesis is one key fact: President Reagan's policy of bargaining for the release of American hostages by selling weapons to Iran, and the transfer (by some members of his staff) of the profits to the Nicaraguan contras, all but vanished from public concern during the past election year; as President Reagan prepares for retirement he is not unmade in the least, but near the peak of his popularity. Mayer and McManus, correspondents respectively for the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, distill materials from the Tower Commission report, the work of the joint congressional-investigating committee, other press reports, and hundreds of their own interviews. They succeed in marshaling a great deal of evidence to illustrate Ronald Reagan's decisiveness and his attention to detail. Bookseller Inventory # 9962

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Title: Landslide; The Unmaking of the President, ...

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Edition: First Edition. Second Printing [stated].

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This is a fascinating, if somewhat opinionated, look at the last of four years of the Reagan presidency. Of particular interest are the stories of personal intrigue among the staff. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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