Monday, September 7, 2009

Mailbox Labor Day

HAPPY LABOR DAY! My Mailbox Monday list is very short: Plainsong by Kent Haruf finally showed up after a long time en route. I have to jump on this one because it is my Book Club book for September. Much more exciting -- the book I have waited for for eight years is finally here: The Age of Reagan (Vol. II): The Conservative Counterrevolution, 1980 - 1989 by Steven F. Hayward. The first volume of Hayward's two-part biography, The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964 - 1980, came out in 2001. Although volume one is over 800 pages, it seemed like a "quick read" because it is full of interesting information and Hayward is a terrific writer with a light touch. Unlike Dutch, Edmund Morris's strange, semi-fictional "memoir" of Reagan's life, Hayward's biography relies on primary source material and analysis. Hayward is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, so it is no surprise that he approaches his subject from the right, but his work is definitely biography, not hagiography. I am so looking forward to volume two. This one covers Reagan's years as President and Hayward was able to use Reagan's Presidential diaries, which were published in 2007. I am going to review it for the Internet Review of Books. .


  1. Happy Labor Day to you! Here is my wrap up post for the smackdown...

    I look forward to the Age of Reagan review.

  2. Happy Labor Day. Looks like you got some great books this week. Happy reading.

  3. The Age of Reagan looks like it would be a really intense read. Is your interest political, or more for the history? I love reading about both, but of course I like reading about scandal more (I guess that's just human nature). :)

  4. Psmith -- thanks for the wrap up. I'm going to do a whole-challenge wrap up post myself in a bit.

    Alyce -- I like the politics in political biographies, if it isn't over-the-top partisan. I like it to be political analysis, not political cheerleading. But mostly I like the history -- I like to read about how all the parts fit together: the people, the attitudes, and the events.

  5. Read Plainsong and throughly enjoyed it!! Am currently reading The Unit. Happy Labor Day all!


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