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Nestled in the pages of "Reagan: What He Was Really Like Volume II" are the intimate recollections of trusted Reagan staff members like Wendy Borcherdt, who worked for Mr. Reagan in a number of capacities both in California and in Washington, D.C. When she was asked by the author what she had learned from her years with Ronald Reagan she responded in this way: "I found that the Ronald Reagan you loved and admired as a person knew in his gut what he believed. He could make a judgment about any situation because his values and beliefs were so centered in him. Beyond him were the other people that I had met--who became lifelong friends dedicated to RR, to what he believed--and beyond his beliefs and him personally--they cared about America, their country, and what it had been from it's beginnings." Thomas C. Reed was a friend of the Reagan's for some 45 years. According to Reed: "Reagan believed that honesty was not negotiable, that truth was absolute and that leaders were to lead--not to poll their constituents. Reagan was also a man of utmost integrity! He did not run for office for the perks and power". Then there was Robert G. Carlson, the man who designed the Reagan Welfare Reform Program that was implemented in California and later on at the federal level. Carlson simply presented Governor Reagan with the facts and he acted. Carlson recalls that Reagan went over the head of the legislature and went directly to the people to get welfare reform passed. The establishment in BOTH political parties fought tooth and nail against it. Reagan's strategy was successful and as a result they managed to clean up the welfare rolls and were even able to give the first increase in 13 years to those who really needed it.
You will also be treated a number of great stories in this book. One of my favorites is an incident that took place at the State House in Sacramento. There was a young woman who was very upset with some of Governor Reagan's policies. She had been fasting for several days on the Capitol steps. The Governor was very concerned for her and wanted to meet with her about her grievances. According to Karen Hansen Munro who was a secretary at the time: "The two of them went into the office--and they stayed there for a while--at least half an hour--and then they came out--and RR didn't say anything, and they were both smiling a bit and the governor said, `Well, we're going down to the cafeteria to get something to eat'. And he went down to the cafeteria with her! It just shows how human and compassionate he was." Indeed, by all accounts, this was quintessential Ronald Reagan.
Now in addition to those 18 interviews "Reagan: What Was He Really Like? Volume II" offers up more than 100 pages of never before seen photographs that really do convey the essence of this man. Overall, I found the book to be exceptionally well written and Curtis Patrick managed to hold my interest from cover-to -cover. Clearly, this is a labor of love for the author. Whether you agree with his politics or not you will come to understand why Ronald Reagan became such a beloved figure in this nation and why he was able to lead his state and our nation into a bold new era of conservatism. As far as I am concerned "Reagan: What Was He Really Like? Volume II" would be a splendid choice for both history buffs and general readers alike. Very highly recommended!