There were two events in the first year of Ronald Reagan’s presidency that justify the use of the overworked phrase “defining moment”: the assassination attempt after only the tenth week in office, and the firing of over two-thirds of the nation’s air-traffic controllers when they went on strike in early August of 1981. Reagan’s tough handling of the illegal strike has loomed large both for Reagan’s fans and for his critics. It presents a simple story line. His admirers see it as a sign of his decisiveness, strength, and determination; his critics see it as evidence of his pro-business malevolence …
Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America, by Joseph A. McCartin (Oxford, 496 pp., $29.95)
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Books, Arts & Manners
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Beware: Those arguing the Dems are making a miscalculation have got it all wrong.
Pro-life lawmakers pledge to resist spending bills that don’t include the Hyde amendment.
Never mind how he voted.
Democratic impeachment managers have a duty to explain how Officer Sicknick died.
In the last 24 hours, three icons fell from their high pedestals and landed with a hard ‘thud.’
What to expect this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
The COVID-afflicted Connecticut Art Trail leads these days to Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum.
Anthony Hopkins’s portrayal of The Father is both brutal and brilliant in a film that explores unpleasant truths.
Everybody’s got a self-serving explanation of what happened in Texas, but there’s no convenient narrative here.
Is the Biden administration prepared to confront China’s rare-earth-mineral advantage?
The woke faculty have it in for these fellows. But it’s not going so well for them.