Who Invented the 1980s?

In all honesty, how many informed analysts in the early 1980s believed that Soviet Communism would evaporate within a decade, or that Reagan’s confrontational nuclear policies would really lead to a massive reduction of global tensions? Yet Reagan believed these ridiculous things, and on both points, he was ridiculously right. Troy’s readable book is impressive in its integration of political and social history, while he rightly recognizes that popular culture…