- Hardcover: 454 pages
- Publisher: Harper & Row / Reader's Digest; 1st edition (August 1, 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060112972
- ISBN-13: 978-0060112974
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford Hardcover – August 1, 1979
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Conscious of the fact that all former Presidents use their memoirs to make themselves look like the best leader we've ever had, I have to say that Ford's were the best I've read.
Superficially, his writing style flows very well and he seems to cover all the bases. In terms of content, the book is very well written, although Ford lays out his administration like a laundry list of events and his responses to them. I definitely want to know more about the emotions he must have been feeling when he was named as VP and then as President, during the Nixon pardon crisis, and during his bid for election (I almost wrote reelection!).
What impresses me about Ford is that he considered himself to be just as presidential as any of his predecessors, despite the fact that he had never been elected by the American people as even VP, and, perhaps even worse, he was named VP by Nixon after Spiro Agnew resigned in shame and the Nixon administration itself had begun falling apart.
I think history will look upon Gerald Ford very favorably, for the courage he exercised in pardoning Nixon and in accepting this awesome responsibility in such a bizarre situation.
I also think it's high time someone wrote a definitive biography of Ford, as he unfortunately will not be around for much longer, and his passing will surely raise calls for a look back at this courageous man.
Gerald Rudolph Ford, the 38th President of the United States, was actually born Leslie Lynch King, Jr., but his parents separated two weeks after his birth and when his mother married Gerald R. Ford, a paint salesman in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they changed the boy's name and we avoided having a King become President. Ford tells the story of his life in simple and rather unembellished terms. When he was 17 he had a chance meeting with his biological father apparently devoid of sentiment or significance. How he relates the incident is representative of the way that Ford presents his life's story, with restraint and without tooting his own horn.Read more ›
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I loved this book written by President Ford. It gives insight into what he went through when President Nixon was impeached and how strongly he felt that he had to pardon him to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by 4bonbon
A really well-done, fast-moving book. President Ford wrote a straight-forward memoir that really puts the reader inside the White House. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stevencap
Gerald Ford wrote the story that needed to be told. He gives his side of being VP during Watergate, the pardon, the tough challenge from Ronald Reagan, and ultimately the loss to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tommy
Exactly as described. Reasonable price. In advertised condition and delivered on time and as agreed.Published 18 months ago by BG
President Ford is probably one of the most under-rated presidents in the history of the United States. Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by Nicholas Roberts
Apparently a used book with some writing on the face page that had been scratched out and the spine was broken. I wish I would have had Barnes & Noble order the book. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by Sarah Collins
This book gives a good insight into the life of Gerald Ford. It is well written and gives the reader the understanding of why Ford did what he did, especially the pardoning of... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Patricia C. Stendal
I have read many a Presidential biography and was surprised and captivated by Ford's clear writing style and prose. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by GregoryKane