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Cannon's book is full of wise analysis and sound observation. He explains Reagan's success convincingly: "Optimism was not a trivial or peripheral quality. It was the essential ingredient of an approach to life.... [Reagan] had a knack of converting others to his optimism, almost as if he drew upon some private reservoir of self-esteem. People who listened to Reagan tended to feel good about him and better about themselves." Though the book bursts with detail, it's never so cumbersome that it bogs down Cannon's narrative. And these pages give only cursory attention to Reagan's life before the White House; this is more a biography of President Reagan than of Ronald Reagan. Conservatives who are defensive about Reagan's legacy may bristle at certain points; Cannon's portrait is not always a flattering one. Yet it's a compelling biography of a compelling man's most important years. It's possible to imagine that a fuller biography of Reagan will be written some day. Right now, however, this is the best there is--and it's very, very good. --John J. Miller
Excellent. Gives insight into his personality and his decision-making . One gets the sensation of understanding his appeal to the voters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gerald W Buetow
This is a well written, subtle hit piece on Ronald Reagan. It's done in much the same way as the movie Iron Lady was done to besmirch Lady Thatcher. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chuck Kueser
When I was looking for a book on Reagan, I settled on this one after learning from several reviews that Lou Cannon provided the most objective analysis of his time in office. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eric
My political awakening occurred during Reagan's second term (a man I would have voted for in 1984 if I'd been old enough), and it was jarring. Read morePublished 12 months ago by TLR
It is obvious from reading the comment section that the only reason this work doesn't have 4 or 5 stars is due to the ignorant Conservatives who thought Reagan could do no wrong... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Michael Allen Potter
If you would like to know what really happened in the White House during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, Lou Cannon offers up truth about what kind of president this man was. Read morePublished 21 months ago by CDP and his Amazon Habit of purchases! * !
Great product, the service was right on time and I greatly appreciated how the product was as it was advertisedPublished 21 months ago by Christopher Landry
I bought this book to help with a term paper I was writing for an American History paper. It served it's purpose and I received 95 on my report.Published 23 months ago by Poetic Justice
I purchased this book to get a sense of why Reagan was so successful as President and so fondly remembered by so many. Lou Cannon's book presents Reagan as a bumbling fool. Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by ckdjou