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Conservatives, exult! Robinson's self-help/memoir/Reagan hagiography is an All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten for right-wingers. The former White House speechwriter and author of It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP and Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA illuminates 10 life lessons in a love letter to the Gipper ("How," Robinson asks, "did such a nice guy get to be President?"). By looking at both the historical (supply-side economics, the Cold War, Iran-contra) and the personal (Reagan's beliefs, his relationship with his family), Robinson unearths maxims such as "Do your work" and "Say your prayers." The stories are engaging, and he tosses in dashes of philosophy, such as the nature of good and evil, based on Reagan's ideas. The writing style, though, is repetitive, and occasionally Robinson makes leaps in his assumptions of Reagan's motivations; none of this, however, dilutes the message. Each lesson is related to Robinson's own life either in contrast or to show how he's made Reagan's lessons "scalable" for his own use. Interviews with and stories about many of the major players of the Reagan administration, like Ed Meese and Colin Powell, lend an insider's feel. Behind-the-scenes details, such as how the famous "Tear Down the Wall" speech was composed, give a fresh perspective. And while Robinson's respect for the former president verges on deification, especially as he glosses over Reagan's shortcomings ("Now, I myself was never able to get worked up over the deficits," Robinson says), this book provides solid, if somewhat obvious, lessons that will appeal to the legions of Reagan fans.
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Peter Robinson spent six years as a speechwriter in the Reagan White House. Among his speeches was the celebrated "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" speech, which Reagan delivered in Berlin in 1987. Robinson is the host of the PBS television program, Uncommon Knowledge, and the author of two previous books, It's My Party: A Republican's Messy Love Affair with the GOP and Snapshots from Hell: The Making of an MBA. A fellow at the Hoover Institution, he lives in Stanford, California.
One of the most amazing books I've read. Incredibly inspiring. Made me truly appreciate and miss a man who set an example for all presidents to follow.Published 9 months ago by Tammy
Very clearly written and some real insights into the real Ronald Reagan. Enjoyable, although seems to be much more about Reagan than RobinsonPublished 15 months ago by Mary Rooms
Whatever your politics, Reagan's life is inspiring in his authenticity and grace. I will read this again when I get down about our ongoing disappointment in political leadership. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Linda S. Imel
You don't need to be a Reagan fan to like this book (I wasn't before reading it) or even to have voted for him (I never did). Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by DickStanley.
As the youngest speechwriter in the Reagan White House, it was Peter Robinson's job to study Reagan. Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by R. S. Corzine
I greatly enjoyed reading this warm and entertaining account by an author who developed a genuine admiration and respect for President Reagan. Mr. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Marceau O'Neill
In 1982, Peter Robinson was hired as a speechwriter in the Reagan Administration and came to realize that our fortieth president was someone who had many qualities worth... Read morePublished on April 3, 2010 by Eric Mayforth
After reading this book from the library, I purchased a copy for myself, my brother and my father. While this is not really a biography, it gives some insight into the character... Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by Sonja A. Johnson