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What FDR and Reagan Had in Common And What Might be Disappearing from American Foreign Policy

Franklin Roosevelt epitomized liberalism in America in the 20th century, and Ronald Reagan conservatism. Yet while they disagreed on nearly everything in domestic affairs, they agreed on the need for the United States to play the leading role in world affairs. This consensus among liberals and conservatives is at risk from the mediocre performance of the U.S. economy since 2008 and from a questioning at both ends of the political spectrum of the value to the United States of trying to solve the world’s problems.

Professor H. W. Brands holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He has authored over two dozen books. A New York Times bestselling author, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and Traitor to His Class. His most recent book is Reagan: The Life (2015).

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