- Hardcover: 286 pages
- Publisher: Zebra; First Edition edition (April 1, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821723928
- ISBN-13: 978-0821723920
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Reagan: On the Outside Looking in Hardcover – April 1, 1988
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Caught between two families, the Reagans and Jane Wyman, but feeling that he doesn't belong to either one, Michael Reagan takes the reader through a gut wrenching childhood of presumed privilege which often works against him and which is filled with thoughts of loneliness, unworthiness, and the constant fear of not being wanted; all as seen through the eyes of a child. One can only wonder how many other adopted children have shared these feelings. Then, even when he begins to feel that he might belong and that he is really wanted, he is once again put down. Brought home from boarding school and expecting his own room he is instead made to sleep on the couch so a servant can have a room of her own.Read more ›
Michael Reagan's dead honesty regarding his personal tragedies will compel you to keep turning the pages of ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN. One would think being the son of a famous movie actress and, later in life, having your father elected governor of California and then president of the United States guarantees life on Easy Street. But as Michael Reagan discloses, no matter how good something like that looks, the reality can differ so greatly that you will ask yourself, "Why me?"
The only ON THE OUTSIDE . . . passages with scissor marks pertain to Ronald and Nancy Reagan. For instance, Michael Reagan mentions an incident where it was "the only time I saw my father and Nancy argue" but discloses no details. At least Michael Reagan admits showing his father and Mrs. Reagan a pre-publication draft of the book, even if he does not flat-out say he cut any text to please them.
But ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN merits five stars nonetheless. Michael Reagan shows a ton of courage telling his story. I hope I can shake his hand some day.
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This was for my mother. I would say from Mr. Reagan's perspective he wrote how he felt.Published 18 months ago by Judith A. Heston
Excellent reading. I enjoyed this book very much. Pure, honest and down to earth.Published on July 3, 2014 by just my opinion
The book was very good and came exactly as described and on time. I always buy from this place. I will order again. Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by Phyl
I hope one day Michael Reagan takes time to read these reviews, as I know this book has been out for a long time and this 60 year old grandmother has just disovered it. Read morePublished on December 28, 2007 by Patricia H. Fabricius
there was a family who is very poor and they had two kids. the family sells honey for money and they teach the little girl to steel and lie. Read morePublished on December 15, 2005
Michael Reagan wants your sympathy...he wants you to know that even heartless right wing radio personalities have it tough. Read morePublished on September 8, 2005 by Pedro Delgado