What Happened to the New Deal?: Why I Am Not Excited About the Next Generation
Jodi Picoult, author of the bestselling book The New Deal: The Unauthorized Biography, has just published a new book about the political, social, and economic changes that led to the end of the New Dealer era.
In this installment, she tells us why the book is so important.
(Jodi Picott)JodiPicoult, who wrote and co-wrote the acclaimed The New York Times bestseller The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, and has appeared on television and in movies, is one of America’s most prominent critics of the neoliberalism and other political currents of the 21st century.
Her latest book is called The Unauthorised Biography of Agatha Christie, co-written with her husband James Christie, which will be released on March 8, 2019.
In the new book, Picoult writes about the creation of the Reagan administration in 1984 and its aftermath.
In 1986, the Reagan presidency was in turmoil and was in the process of changing course.
Reagan had been elected as the Democratic candidate for president in 1984 by defeating the conservative-leaning incumbent George H.W. Bush, but after a failed effort to retake the White House, the Republican candidate, Ronald Reagan, won the presidency in 1984.
That same year, the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Treaty of Tbilisi.
The treaty was intended to resolve the crisis of international relations over the Vietnam War.
In return for withdrawing from Vietnam, the Soviet government gave the United Nations control over the Korean Peninsula.
The United States, with the backing of Britain, France, and the United Kingdom, supported the South Korean government and its communist ally, North Korea, in its invasion of the peninsula.
The South Korean regime had taken over the North Korean capital, Seoul, and used its vast arsenal of nuclear weapons to obliterate the North Koreans capital, Pyongyang, in a war that would end the Korean War in a few months.
The U.S. government, led by then-President George H, Bush, was also the main backer of the South Korea-supported North Korean regime in its war against the South.
Picoult tells us that as part of the Cold War, the political and economic system of the United State was in decline.
After Reagan’s victory in the 1980 presidential election, the Carter administration was in charge of handling the transition to a new administration and was taking a more conservative, neoliberal approach.
The Reagan administration, which took office in 1981, was not in control of the Republican Party.
Reagan, who had won the presidential election and was seeking re-election, had tried to create a new centrist Republican Party and he did not want to create another Republican Party in the United