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Haynes Johnson (1931–2013)

Forfatter af Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years

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Hanyes Bonner Johnson was born in 1931 in New York City. He earned his bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri and his Master's in American History from the University of Wisconsin. Johnson served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Johnson won a vis mere Pulitzer Prize for distinguished national reporting in 1966 for his coverage of the civil rights crisis in Selma, Alabama and he is widely regarded as one of the nation's top political commentators. Haynes Johnson was the author or editor of a number of books including bestsellers "Sleepwalking Through History", "The Bay of Pigs", "The Landing", and "The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election". He died on May 24, 2013; he was 81. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Haynes Johnson

Sleepwalking Through History: America in the Reagan Years (1991) 300 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism (2005) 167 eksemplarer, 5 anmeldelser
The Bay of Pigs: The Leaders' Story of Brigade 2506 (1964) 82 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Herblock: The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist (2009) — Introduktion — 34 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Lyndon (1973) 19 eksemplarer
The Landing: A Novel of Washington and World War II (1986) — Forfatter — 14 eksemplarer
The working White House (1975) 13 eksemplarer
Fulbright; the dissenter (1969) 10 eksemplarer
The Unions (1971) 6 eksemplarer
Dusk at the Mountain 2 eksemplarer
Army In Anguish (1972) 2 eksemplarer
Best of Times 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Reporting Civil Rights, Part 2: American Journalism 1963-1973 (2003) — Bidragyder — 217 eksemplarer
The Presidential Transcripts (1974) — Bidragyder — 200 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Fall of a President (1974) — Bidragyder — 44 eksemplarer

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One can only imagine while reading this what Haynes Johnson would think about where we are in 2023 as we cycle yet again through a difficult period of time for the U.S., followed by an increase in right-wing character assassination and authoritarianism.

The book itself is an easy read, very narrative in nature. It lays out the roots of McCarthyism and traces those threads into what was the present at the writing of the book, post 9/11.

The value of the book is more in the history of McCarthyism than in the final chapters about post-McCarthy politics and what we might look forward to in the future. No one in 2005 could foresee the advent of an Donald J. Trump. That said, I think Arthur Schlesinger's comment that while history doesn't repeat itself, it often rhymes was never truer than the parallels between McCarthy and Trump. Oddly enough both men shared Roy Cohn as an adviser.… (mere)
 
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byl_strother | 4 andre anmeldelser | Apr 18, 2024 |
The "Bay of Pigs" was the invasion of Cuba sponsored by the CIA and the US government in 1961, during John F. Kennedy's presidency. The goal of the invasion was to overthrow Fidel Castro's "communist" regime and re-establish a government that the US could control. History has judged the invasion as a disaster in every way -- ineptly conceived, badly planned and underfunded, with a small contingent of disaffected Cubans who could not possibly have achieved their military objective. Worst of all, they were implicitly promised US military support by the CIA, support that was never provided. Further, Castro knew the rebels were coming and his troops were waiting for them; and those invaders who weren't killed were captured and imprisoned. The fiasco was a public relations disaster for the US and for the Kennedy administration, and helped set the stage for the Cuban Missile crisis of 1962.

Haynes Johnson's reconstruction of the Bay of Pigs invasion was published in 1964, when the episode was still raw. It drew heavily on first- hand accounts provided by the invaders themselves, who naturally were bitterly resentful of how they had been used. Thus it offers a useful historical perspective that benefits from the immediacy of the events recounted. It was left to later accounts to offer a fuller portrayal of what was behind the invasion. Rather than being planned by low level CIA agents, we now know that the invasion had high level support throughout the US government, in administrations of both Eisenhower and Kennedy. A more complete (and more dispassionate) account can be found in Jim Rasenberger's "The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of the Bay of Pigs," among other recent sources.
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danielx | 1 anden anmeldelse | May 21, 2023 |
Great read. If you worship President Reagan, you will hate this book, but you should read it.
 
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bloftin2 | 4 andre anmeldelser | May 4, 2023 |

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