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Reagan and the Eighties: How Successful? How Disappointing?

Recorded on June 14, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

On the first anniversary of his death, Ronald Reagan's presidency continues to provoke often heated debate. Historians dispute whether the Eighties were a decade of greed or unparalleled prosperity - whether the Reagan Doctrine ended the Cold War without firing a shot or delayed its conclusion through simplistic, "Rambo-like" tactics. Will Reagan be ranked among the great or near-great presidents or consigned to the lower depths of the presidency? A panel of distinguished experts will discuss these and other questions as they seek to determine whether the Reagan presidency was a success, a failure or something in-between.