Sagebrush Rebel by William Perry Pendley
"Sagebrush Rebel is one of the most important, insightful, and inspirational books about Ronald Reagan's domestic policies since An American Life by President Reagan himself."
— EDWIN MEESE III, Ronald Reagan's attorney general
REAGAN’S BRAVE BATTLE RAGES ON TODAY
Ronald Reagan sought not only to transcend the Soviet Union (“We win and they lose.”) but also to transcend environmental extremists and their war against Western civilization. Reagan knew these extremists from their War on the West and knew their demands doomed Americans to endless scarcity and privation. Reagan—a sagebrush rebel—would have none of that; he demanded use of the nation’s abundant energy and natural resources to restore the economy, defeat the Soviet Union, and build a bright future for all Americans.
Reagan’s battle was not about protecting the environment—he was an environmentalist himself. It was over whether people were part of the ecosystem, as Reagan argued, and between competing visions of government: powerful New Deal–style government run by progressives and technocrats or limited government that emphasized individual liberty and economic freedom. Little wonder the environmental extremists hated Reagan, lied about him then, and lie about him today.
In Sagebrush Rebel, you’ll learn:
- How Reagan abandoned the “bi-partisan consensus” of deferring to environmental groups and implemented commonsense policies that favored people, property rights, and growth
- How Reagan knew America was not energy poor but energy rich—and adopted policies that began the oil and gas miracle being experienced today, both onshore and offshore
- How Reagan restored the national parks, made them accessible to the American people, and created more wilderness lands than any president in history
Here is a great, formerly unknown story of the Reagan administration—by a man who was on the front lines. Sagebrush Rebel offers dramatically told political history—relevant for today and tomorrow.
William Perry Pendley was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A former Marine captain, an attorney, and a recognized authority regarding natural resources and environmental and constitutional law, he served in the Interior Department under President Reagan. His three previous books include Warriors for the West (Regnery, 2006). He lives with his wife, Lis, an attorney, in the mountains of Colorado.