print logo
RSS FEED

'Reagan’s Final Triumph Over His Enemies'

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Steve Hayward explains what’s behind the newfound respect liberals have for Ronald Reagan.

The country celebrates Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday on February 6, 2011. The American Enterprise Institute’s Steven Hayward has written a celebrated two-volume biography of the 40th president, The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order: 1964-1980 and The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989. He also has a new cover article in National Review explaining the respect President Obama and other prominent American liberals have recently expressed for Reagan.

In honor of the centennial, Hayward sat for an interview to discuss Reagan’s extraordinary life, his triumphant political career, and what many liberals (and some conservatives, too) still fail to appreciate about a man who has become an American icon.

FURTHER READING: President Reagan gave AEI's 1988 Francis Boyer Lecture, entitled "Freedom and Vigilance." Hayward also recalls "The Berlin Wall, 20 Years Later." On the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth last year, Americans rated Reagan the country's greatest president. On Reagan's 88th birthday, Michael Novak commemorated him as a re-founding father in "Our Better Angels." Richard Perle details “How They Misjudged the Reagan I Knew.” Listen to “Rendezvous with Destiny: A Panel on Ronald Reagan” commemorating the 98th anniversary of Reagan’s birth.

Image by Rob Green/Bergman Group.

Most Viewed Articles

Mission Essential: Leveraging and Protecting Our Special Forces By Phillip Lohaus 09/12/2014
Military leaders must build the optimal balance between special and conventional forces, or risk ...
Telecommuting: Good for Workers, Good for Bosses By Michael M. Rosen 09/12/2014
Challenges abound, but the trajectory is plain.
The Minimum Wage Can Never Be High Enough By Ike Brannon 09/07/2014
The minimum wage is a facile non-solution for the complicated problem of poverty in America.
Closing the Racial Gap in Education By Jason L. Riley 09/10/2014
The usual explanation for the academic achievement gap is that blacks come from a lower ...
The Improbable Practicality of the Humanities By Edward Tenner 09/05/2014
Prospects for the humanities can be more promising than ever.
 
AEI