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An American Life Paperback – January 11, 2011
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If you are looking for pure history of the Reagan years, the works of Lou Cannon and Richard Reeves will provide more objective views; i.e. the type of stuff political junkies like myself love to chew on. However, if you are looking for a first person account of a uniquely American story, this memoir will both uplift and inspire.
This book is quintessential Reagan. Missing is the self-adulatory, self-promoting tripe you read in autobiographies. Also, although he was bitterly opposed by "The Establishment," the literati, Hollywood, socialists, communists and the like, there is not an ounce of rancor to be found.
An American Life, despite the fact that it is 700+ pages, is a quick and fairly easy read. In order to obtain a full view of his presidency, I not only recommend this work, and the aforementioned volumes, but also the book that is the compilation of his letters. Far from being the "amiable dunce," you'll discover that "Dutch" was a unique and complex man and we are a better country for having him a part of the body politic for as long as we did.
Ronald Wilson Reagan - Ronaldus Magnus - will be missed, and we may never see his like again.
As a frequent traveler in Reagan's native region in Northern Illinois, I found the narratives of his youth in Galesburg and Dixon and his years at Eureka College to be particularly interesting. The reader follows Reagan to Iowa and on to California. The sections on Reagan's years in Hollywood give the reader an insight into the movie world. The chapters on Reagan's involvement with the Screen Actors' Guild focus on his opposition to Communist domination of the industry.
Reagan's years in California politics are related with may of the stories we have heard, such as the student protesters who entered his office to tell him that his generation could not understand them because he did not grow up with the modern conveniences, to which he replied that his generation had invented them.
Reagan tells of his conversion, which began with the General Electric tour in the 1950s, from a liberal Democrat to a conservative Republican and from a reluctant candidate to an enthusiastic agent of destiny.Read more ›
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Man, this book is the best in the entire universe! Inspired me to become a statesman in the future!Published 11 days ago by Kathellen
I'm not reviewing the guy's life, just the book. Nicely written autobiography with the right amount of personal reflection and consideration of decisions as he went through life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Luckywales
An impressive complete autobiography. It offers some valuable insights into what was really going on behind the news distortions of that day. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Flyover Scribe
President Reagan in his own words. Well-written and an easy read. Clear and occasionally powerful presentation of his experiences, beliefs and world view. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul C. Curley
A wonderful read that is extremely enriching and entertaining. Should be read by everyone.Published 3 months ago by HW9001