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America's Right Turn: From Nixon to Bush
America's Right Turn: From Nixon to Bush
By William C. Berman
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994, 192 pp

This is an analysis of voting patterns in the United States from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s. It links the swings in voting Republican or Democrat to the various policies and proposals the candidates or the president were making. If Berman is right in the priorities he assigns, it is astonishing how little foreign policy matters affect electoral politics -- at least when the nation is not at war. For example, Berman has extended and sensible discussions of President Reagan's tax policies and the way they affected voting patterns, but the Strategic Defense Initiative gets only one line. So too the contras and Nicaragua.