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Reagan: A Life In Letters Paperback – October 6, 2004
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The book gives a very interesting portrait of Reagan. It starts with his earliest correspondence as a boy, and moves throughhis midwest years to his Hollywood years and into the governors mansion. It follows Reagan's travels on the campaign trail, and the sheer volume of letters is staggering. The man, who many on the left portray as an empty vessell, clearly had a lot to say, and he believed in what he talked about a wrote. The book features Reagans fair-mindedness, as he responds to letters from citizens that impune his character, his motives, and his upbringing. He treats each writer with a respect and affords them the dignity they denied him. It's clear that he was a master of the written word.Read more ›
Certainly, President Reagan was not only the most personally insightful person on the national stage about the world around him of any of our presidents in the last 100 years, but clearly he is the best writer since Abraham Lincoln. Read this book and you will understand why President Reagan was re-elected by the largest margin since Franklin Roosevelt.
Not so for Reagan. He was a product of his generation; and he wrote. Letter after letter reveals the real Ronald Reagan on these pages. This book and its counterpart "Reagan in His Own Hand," which focuses on the develpment of his philosophy and resulting policy positions, are both indespensible in helping us understand his legacy. Highly recommended.
Anyone can write a boring biography of a president, but this book is different. Through Reagan's own words - with his letters to everyone from prolific world leaders to entertainers such as Sammy Davis Jr.- we become privy to a side of our 40th president that many of us did not know. It is truly a great read - not the kind of book you will want to sit down and read cover to cover in one sitting - but the kind of read that you will pick up off the book shelf from time to time and be glad every time you did.
I was in high school when he was elected to his first term. As a radical Libertarian I was never a huge Reagan fan because I thought he was too soft on domestic policy and government spending. Also, I was fed a constant diet of leftist pablum from the major media. However, books like this and personal growth helped me realize the error of my ways and I have since developed a great appreciation for the man.
Faced with tremendous government failure during the seventies --especially during the Carter administration, Reagan tried to make the Goldwater dream a reality. I much admire his eight year effort even if it was tainted by issues like Iran-Contra and the wacky antics associated with his astrology obsession.
Nevertheless, Reagan gave us a purpose again --to fight the ultimate evil, Communism. He was one of the few in Government to realize that the red scare was just a paper tiger so he called the Soviet bluff and won. For this alone he will go down in history as one of the great Presidents.
I now realize that Reagan was the closest to a Libertarian president we will ever have and I credit him for turning the cost cutting machine on even if it is very slow to show return. His accomplishments were unequaled by any modern president. History will prove to be very kind to this great leader. RIP President Reagan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've only read the letters he wrote to ordinary citizens and they are very refreshing. His personality drips from these letters. I fine example of humility and humour.Published 7 months ago by Holly B. Ota
Wonderful uplifting book of warm letters from a thoughtful caring man.Published 8 months ago by Simon
I had a hard time finishing the book. It felt redundant after the first hundred pages or so. It didn't provide a look into his personal life as much As I had hoped.Published 11 months ago by LesR
Got this book as a gift years ago. Then I bought this paperback as a gift for a friend. If someone you know likes Reagan this is the perfect book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Robert
I WILL BUY ALMOST ALL OF REAGAN'S BOOKS!! HE IS MY HERO!!
AMERICA NEED AN OTHER REAGAN RIGHT NOW!!!!!
This is a GREAT book for anyone interested in Reagan or his time period. Divided into chapters based on topic (for example: Economy, Cold War, Latin America, Humor etc) the book... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nicholas Roberts
Regardless of one's politics, Reagan's boundless love of country, optimistic spirit, wisdom and humor
shine through and are heart warming. Read more