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How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life Paperback – Bargain Price, July 6, 2004
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His premise was that he wanted to tell his daughter about his former boss. She was nine years old when Mr. Reagan's 90th birthday rolled around and did not understand his importance to her nation and to her dad.
Robinson's book although a little unsung in the world of great books, is a tribute to a great man yet, it will also influence any who read it apply the Ten Maxims that are the subjects for each chapter.
The Ten Maxims Are in My Words:
When life gets difficult, dig in.
Do the work you are intended to do.
Life is a stage, act now.
What you say matters.
Use the brain you have been given.
Take things in stride.
Marry the right person and it will help your life.
Remember to pray daily.
Use your God given talents to influence the world around you.
You are important and can make a difference.
These maxims of life, seen through the life and actions of one of Americas greatest presidents are ours to learn, to understand and even to use.
This is a great book. I will give this as a gift to my friends.
Robinson, just 25 years old when he became the VP's speechwriter, speaks candidly of the ongoing battle of the speechwriters, the unwavering true believers, versus the malleable, if not subversive, pragmatists in the administration. Of Baker, Robinson recorded in his journal in 1983, "As far as I'm concerned, the list of adjectives that applies to the pragmatist reads like the entry in Roget's Thesaurus under the heading for 'jerk.'"
Robinson tells of the amusingly pointed speech written by his buddy Josh Gilder that, for all intents and purposes, quashed the Democrats' bid for raising taxes: "'My veto pen is drawn and ready, and I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers.' Reagan paused for a full, rounded beat, his eyes alight with pleasure. 'Go ahead. Make my day.' A couple of hours later, the effort to raise taxes collapsed. Josh and I exchanged high fives." Classic Reagan. Firm, resolute, doing what's in the best interest of Americans, and, as always, sticking to his guns.
One of the most engaging and enjoyable books I have ever read, Peter Robinson's third book tells how his life was impacted on a personal level by President Reagan.
Mr. Robinson has a very charming and self-effacing style, never trying to inflate his own importance, and readily admitting to the foibles of a young, and extremely lucky speechwriter landing a dream job, seemingly by accident. I cannot recall reading a book that made me smile virtually from start to finish. Especially to be admired is his honesty in recognizing his own good fortune throughout the book, wandering through history almost with a sense of wonder. Not many people who have a chance to serve in a presidential administration would admit to trying to remove the "Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall" line from the speech. (Or admit that they tried rewriting the line to read "Herr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Yikes!) Addressing his own weaknesses and failings, he shows how Reagan taught him to rise above them.
I must confess to being an admirer of our 40th President, and have read many of the books written about his life and Presidency. Peter Robinson's point of view is refreshingly different. The lessons he learned from watching Ronald Reagan really are the simple, but important, lessons of life.
Finally, this book does not pretend to be something that it's not. The author is very upfront about his admiration and love for Ronald Reagan, which, for example, makes his discussion of Reagan as a father very difficult for him, but also very necessary.
But this book really isn't just for admirers of President Reagan. If you know a kid in college, buy this book. I only wish it were around 20 years ago for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Doesn't live up to the hype. Reviews and item description made me think it'd be great, but the writer apparently had only a peripheral relationship with Reagan, probably with... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
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 21 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 on May 15, 2014 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 on April 10, 2014 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