Connie Bruck, The Predators’ Ball: The Inside Story of Drexel Burnham and the Rise of the Junk Bond Raiders (1989). A vivid account of the controversial business practices of the 1980s.
Lou Cannon, Ronald Reagan: A Life in Politics (2004). A journalistic two-volume biography offering perhaps the best insight into Reagan and his remarkable career.
Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine, Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer (2000). Anecdotal account of a critical development in the creation of a new economy.
William Martin, With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America (2005). Places the evangelical movement of the 1980s in long-term context.
Gil Troy, Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s (2006). A scholarly survey of society during the Reagan Revolution.
Sean Wilentz, The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974–2008 (2008). A sweeping account of the conservative ascendancy.
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Charles W. Kegley Jr. and Gregory A. Raymond, After Iraq: The Imperiled American Imperium Presents a survey of America’s position in the global arena and offers an assessment of the risks that face the nation after the war in Iraq.
William R. Keylor, A World of Nations: the International Order Since 1945, 2nd ed. Updated to September 11, 2001, and provides an analytical narrative of the origins, development, and end of the Cold War.
Jill Quadango, One Nation, Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance. Looks at the history of the failure of the United States to provide universal health care to its citizens.
Michael Schaller, Right Turn: American Life in the Reagan-Bush Era, 1980–1992. Presents the cultural, social, economic, and technological changes of the era.
Hartford Institute for Religion Research. Offers many resources for the study of religion in the 1980s, as well as other eras. http://hirr.hartsem.edu/
The Living Room Candidate. A fascinating collection of presidential campaign commercials from 1972 to the present, including Reagan’s from 1980 and 1984.
Making the Macintosh: Technology and Culture in Silicon Valley, Stanford University. Explores the early history of the path-breaking Apple computer.
The Public Papers of President Ronald W. Reagan, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. A searchable collection of all the public statements of the “Great Communicator” as president. http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/publicpapers.html