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Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America (Biography) Paperback – October 22, 2001
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I wrote of the problems we face here in 1976--The choice we face between continuing the policies of the last 40 yrs. that have led to bigger & bigger govt, less & less liberty, redistribution of earnings through confiscatory taxation or trying to get back on the original course set for us by the Founding Fathers.... On the international scene two great superpowers face each other with nuclear missiles at the ready--poised to bring Armageddon to the world.Often his rhetoric is admirably forthright: "Calling a communist a liar when he is one is pretty frustrating. How do you insult a pig by calling it a pig?.... Fidel Castro is a liar." And there are frequent glimpses of his later achievements, such as the foreshadowing of his desire to build the Strategic Defense Initiative: "If the Soviets should push the button our magnificent warning system would immediately detect the launch of their missiles.... But there is no defense against them--no way to prevent nuclear devastation of their targets here in the U.S."
The bulk of the book comprises these radio addresses, but a concluding section includes everything from a short story Reagan wrote as a school assignment when he was 14 (it earned him a B+) to his memorable letter in 1994 revealing his Alzheimer's disease. This book will enthrall Reagan's devotees, and even his toughest critics will concede he had a way with words. No wonder they called him "The Great Communicator." --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The editors of this collection rightfully describe Reagan as "a one-man think tank." His insights on why Communism would inevitably disintegrate alone justifies the purchase of this work. Reagan's detractors were upset when the President called the now defunct Soviet Union an "evil empire." Nevertheless, Reagan refused to mealy mouth the truth. In the end Reagan insisted that we stay the course in our opposition to World Communism. A weaker but still dangerous Soviet Union might still exist today had it not been for President Reagan. He was proven correct and his opponents should have the integrity to admit their errors in judgment. The great leader also clearly understood the values of Democratic Capitalism. Some may legitimately nit-pick Reagan on some of the specifics, but substantially he was on target.Read more ›
What I liked about this book was Reagan's writing. He was quick, to the point and consistent. You have to admire a politician that rarely waivers from his views, even if you do not agree with them. You might not have agreed with this man, but his views on the Soviet were the same when he took office as they were in his writing. The same with China, Panama, Isreal and economics.
In his writing, you see that this is a more thoughtful man than he is portrayed by others. I am sure he was more capable of having an intelligent conversation than people believed. While I would not have called Reagan a 'policy wonk', he communicated his views and ideas far better than Clinton-a man who acts like he knows he is smart.
I've read other Reagan bios and letters and memoirs of other Presidents-Roosevelt, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Bush and Clinton. I liked the Ambrose series on Nixon best, but this comes real close.
Anyone who is considering running for office should read this book. Reagan showed the way on how to explain complicated ideas in basic terms. All politicians of all views could learn a lot from him.
Reagan had no speechwriter prepare his radio addresses. He prepared them in longhand on legal pads and then, he edited them. This book gives examples of his editing drafts. Since Reagan carefully prepared the addresses in advance, they are preserved as "writings." I wonder how well Clinton, Gore, Bush, or anyone else would stand up if they were to speak, every week, in their own words without their remarks being ghostwritten, or at least heavily edited, by their speechwriters. I suspect none of them would hold a candle to Reagan. In addition to these speeches, this book includes other writings of Reagan. I was impressed with Reagan's understanding of issues and his attention to detail, something heretofor he has not been credited with. In seeing his foreign policy set for and his anticommunism articulated, before he was president, I am impressed that we had a president who understood the Soviet Union well and handled the "evil empire" better than any other president before him.Read more ›
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Is is a fascinating look at Reagan's considerations as he prepared for events that history would regard as momentous. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luckywales
A great book. Every freedom loving American should read it. A play book for conservatives. Buy additional copies when you can and give them to friends.Published 2 months ago by Joe
Really interesting book. I don't particularly like that the revisions are included. I suppose it provides some insights, but I find it distracting.Published 6 months ago by BNJ
Gives you insight into Reagan's mind and how he thought. Found it very fascinatingPublished 6 months ago by Ales Soudek
I loved it. I was shocked at how smart Reagan was. It is hard to believe that he wrote all speeches and radio shows. We were lucky to have him for our president.Published 9 months ago by RedandBlueGrandma
I bought this book after reading a review of it in the Wall Street Journal. It's not as good a book as I had hoped but it's definitely worth reading if you're a fan of The Great... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Chris Thompson