Robert Mann

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Biography

A journalist and political historian, Robert Mann holds the Manship Chair at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University. He is the author of critically acclaimed political histories of the US civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, American wartime dissent, and the 1964 presidential election. The Washington Post named his book Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater, and the Ad that Changed American Politics among the best political books of 2011.

 


Schedule

10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Chamber
Book Talk
The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 4
Discussion
Louisiana Prisons: From the Inside Out

1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 3
Book Talk
Becoming Ronald Reagan: The Rise of a Conservative Icon

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


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Becoming Ronald Reagan: The Rise of a Conservative Icon

In the 1960s transitioning from acting to politics was rare. Ronald Reagan was not the first to do it, but he was the first to jump from the screen to the stump and on to credibility as a presidential contender. Reagan’s transformation from struggling liberal actor to influential conservative spokesman in five years—and then to the California governorship six years later—is a remarkable and compelling story.

In Becoming Ronald Reagan Robert Mann explores Reagan’s early life and his career during the 1950s and early 1960s: his growing desire for acclaim in high school and college, his political awakening as a young Hollywood actor, his ideological evolution in the 1950s as he traveled the country for General Electric, the refining of his political skills during this period, his growing aversion to big government, and his disdain for the totalitarian leaders in the Soviet Union and elsewhere. All these experiences and more shaped Reagan’s politics and influenced his career as an elected official.

Mann not only demonstrates how Reagan the actor became Reagan the political leader and how the liberal became a conservative, he also shows how the skills Reagan learned and the lessons he absorbed from 1954 to 1964 made him the inspiring leader so many Americans remember and revere to this day. Becoming Ronald Reagan is an indelible portrait of a true American icon and a politician like none other.

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