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Ronald Reagan, A Life In Film (Movie Greats) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Schickel
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Book Description

Ronald Reagan’s astonishing success in not one but two careers makes sense, legendary film critic Richard Schickel argues, only if you view it in utterly un-American terms. He succeeded as an actor, in the theatrical sense of the word, precisely because he refused to act in the nontheatrical sense of the word - refused, that is, to try to impose himself on events, to shape them to his uses. Rather, the opposite was true: He succeeded because he saw his movie career as a lucky opportunity. His gambit: Show up on time, learn his lines, submit to the publicity process, and, above all, not question the wisdom of the studio's decisions about his career. The result was little short of miraculous.

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  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Word City, Inc. (January 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VOT4XI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting! October 21, 2012
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There were a lot of things in this book I did not know about Ronald Reagan...it's definitely a good read!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't waste the money March 24, 2012
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If you are looking for a good book about Reagan's career in film, or about his accomplishments as president, don't look at this book. If you want an opinionated, anti-Reagan diatribe, Here it is.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, disrespectful and despicable March 10, 2012
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Unless you're a closet communist who despises Ronald Reagan for bringing the Soviet Union to its knees, stay away from this hit piece. He ridicules everything about Reagan's career, but seems more intent on ridiculing his political career. The parts of the book that I know something about are poorly researched (for example, he writes about Reagan's radio 'visualization' of baseball games, something he was especially good at, but never even mentions the man who made that type of broadcasting mainstream, Gordon MacLendon.) His attacks on the veracity of some of Reagan's anecdotes seem to be supported only by the inability of another individual (Gary Wills) was unable to substantiate the story. he could be correct, of course, but the nastiness of Schicke's writing makes one less likely to seriously consider his points than to find him and slap him silly. He seems so intent on making fun of Reagan that he loses his objectivity and his focus on his own job: informing and entertaining. I was not amused, and won't bother reading anything else written by this hack. Fortunately, I got this book as a 'freebie' on Amazon.com, and that's exactly what I consider it to be worth: nothing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars If you loved Ronald Reagan, don't bother to read this February 21, 2012
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I felt that this author was making fun of one of the best presidents we ever had. It was almost as if he were saying that Reagan just treated his presidency as a role in a movie and a B movie at that.
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