By Jonathan Darman
In politics, the guy who takes the top spot after a landslide isn't status on good ground.
during this riveting paintings of narrative nonfiction, Jonathan Darman tells the tale of 2 giants of yank politics, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, and exhibits how, from 1963 to 1966, those men—the comparable age, and pushed through a similar heroic ambitions—changed American politics forever.
The liberal and the conservative. The deal-making arm tornado and the cool communicator. The Texas rancher and the Hollywood megastar. Opposites in politics and magnificence, Johnson and Reagan shared a defining impulse: to set forth a grand tale of the US, a narrative during which he may be the hero. within the tumultuous days after the Kennedy assassination, Johnson and Reagan every one, in flip, seized the opportunity to supply the rustic a brand new imaginative and prescient for the longer term. Bringing to existence their shiny personalities and the apprehensive temper of the United States in a significantly transformative time, Darman indicates how, in promising the very unlikely, Johnson and Reagan together dismantled the lengthy American culture of consensus politics and ushered in a brand new period of fracture. historical past involves existence in Darman’s shiny, fly-on-the wall storytelling.
while Johnson publicly revels in his triumphs, we see him develop keen about darkish forces he believes are out to damage him, whereas his spouse, girl chook, urges her husband to place apart his paranoia and spot the realm because it particularly is. and because the struggle in Vietnam threatens to overhaul his presidency, we witness Johnson desperately suffering to compensate with ever extra extravagant provides for his nice Society.
at the different aspect of the rustic, Ronald Reagan, a fading actor years faraway from his Hollywood glory, progressively turns towards a brand new profession in California politics. We watch him offering speeches to crowds who're determined for a brand new chief. And we see him wielding his well-honed intuition for timing, anticipating Johnson’s majestic provides to end up empty earlier than he steps again into the highlight, on his lengthy trip towards the presidency.
From Johnson’s election in 1964, the best popular-vote landslide in American heritage, to the pivotal 1966 midterms, whilst Reagan burst forth onto the nationwide degree, Landslide brings alive a rustic transformed—by riots, protests, the increase of tv, the shattering of consensus—and the 2 towering personalities whose offerings in these moments could reverberate throughout the state for many years to come.
Praise for Landslide
“Richly certain . . . Landslide is a brilliant retelling of a tumultuous 3 years in American historical past, and Mr. Darman captures in complete the personalities and explanations of 2 of the 20th century’s such a lot consequential politicians.”—The big apple Times
“Novel or even incredible . . . Landslide deftly reminds readers that Johnson and Reagan either trafficked in grandiose oratory and promoted utopian visions at odds with the social complexity of recent America.”—The Washington Post
“Riveting . . . Darman portrays [Johnson and Reagan] as polar opposites of political allure. . . . lively via the crafty perception that they have been males of sadness headed towards an appointment with historical past . . . A story approximately myths and a state that believed them, a few global of a part century in the past now long past forever.”—The Boston Globe
“Alert to the subtleties of politics and political historical past, Darman, a former correspondent for Newsweek, nimbly explores myth and self-delusion on the optimum levels.”—The long island occasions booklet Review