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A Wonderful Memory to Share and to Leave for Others - FIVE STARS !!!
on January 12, 2011
Normally books like these are all the same. You have the obligatory photographs with narrative that maybe matches up with the pictures - NOT THIS TIME. This book just blew me away. I have read several biographies of the President Reagan, some great, and some not so great. Edmund Morris' effort failed for me when it entered the world of fantasy. In this book you have something different, just the feel of it alone was special. The quality of the paper that it was printed on was special also. The printing was exquisite, and the use of a Presidential blue color scheme was so fitting.
The photographs were not just a randomly selected collection. Time, energy, effort, and thought went into the selections. I was very impressed the way the photographs tied right into the narrative. Former Senator Howard Baker wrote an introduction and did a sterling job at it as well. At one point after the President's election, Baker tells the new President, I will be with you through the thin. The President inquires as to what about the thick of it? Baker replies, "Welcome to Washington, Mr. President."
The book is essentially divided into five sensible parts. They include:
Chapter I: The Lifesaver
Chapter II: The Leading Man
Chapter III: The Governor
Chapter IV: The President
Chapter V: The Legend
The chapter titles are self-explaining except for chapter I which deals with the future President as a young man. He is a lifeguard which is why the chapter is entitled "The Lifesaver". For Reagan the magic number was 77 which represented the number of lives he saved over several years.
One last thought if I may. If I had to choose one word to describe this book, it would be POIGNANT. You will be touched by this book. From the quotes to the pictures, it is simply emotionally engrossing.
I will end on a quote that is in the book:
I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and that there is purpose and worth to each and every life.
You will love Ronald Reagan: 100 years, and thank you for reading this review.
Richard C. Stoyeck