|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2004|
|Number of Pages:||935|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||2.1|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.0 x 9.0 x 1.75|
Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911. He worked his way through Eureka College, where he studied economics and sociology. After graduation, he became a radio sports announcer for WOC, a small radio station in Davenport, Iowa. Reagan enlisted in the Army Reserve. An agent for Warner Brothers "discovered" him in Los Angeles in 1937 and offered him a seven-year contract. He played George Gipp in his most acclaimed film, "Knute Rockne -- All American" in 1940. In 1942, the Army Air Force called him to active duty and assigned him to the 1st Motion Picture Unit in Culver City, California, where he made over 400 training films.
On December 9, 1945, he was discharged. During the next two decades he appeared in 53 films. As president of the Screen Actors Guild, he became embroiled in disputes over the issue of Communism in the film industry and his political views shifted from liberal to conservative. He toured the country as a television host, becoming a spokesman for conservatism. In 1966, he was elected Governor of California and was re-elected in 1970. For several months after his gubernatorial term ended in 1974, he wrote a syndicated newspaper column and provided commentaries on radio stations across the country.
On November 20, 1975, Reagan announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for president. He lost the party's nomination, but his showing laid the groundwork for the 1980 election. After winning the party's nomination in 1980, he chose George Bush as his running mate. Reagan won the election and was President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. At the end of his administration, the Nation was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression. In 1994, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. He died on June 5, 2004.
|Frequent Correspondents||p. xvii|
|The Early Years||p. 1|
|Home and Family||p. 42|
|Health and Personal Appearance||p. 74|
|Old Friends||p. 93|
|Hollywood Years and Friendships||p. 123|
|Running for Office||p. 213|
|Core Beliefs||p. 255|
|Economic Policy||p. 292|
|Domestic Policy||p. 327|
|The Cold War I: Ideology and Institutions||p. 372|
|The Cold War II: Politics, Arms, and Missile Defense||p. 396|
|The Middle East and Southwest Asia||p. 432|
|Terrorism and the Iran-Contra Scandal||p. 456|
|The Americas||p. 482|
|The International Scene||p. 515|
|The Oval Office and Reelection||p. 549|
|The Media||p. 577|
|The Critics||p. 609|
|Reaching Out||p. 648|
|The Lighter Side||p. 663|
|American Leaders||p. 694|
|Foreign Leaders||p. 720|
|Pen Pals||p. 747|
|Back to California||p. 810|
|A Note on Methods||p. 835|
|References, Sources, and Interviews||p. 838|
|Index of Letters||p. 891|
|General Index||p. 905|
As additional material in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library becomes available, it is likely that many books claiming to present the "real" man will be published. But few things reveal more about an individual's thoughts, values, and character than his letters, and Ronald Reagan wrote more than 10,000, some as short as a single paragraph, others as long as several pages. Thousands are printed in these two books, many for the first time.
Both communicate the former President's delight at having the opportunity to correspond with people from all walks of life, as well as demonstrate the same humor, optimism, and concern for people's feelings that the public saw on a daily basis. Close readings also expose Reagan's sometimes simplistic understanding and selective memory of significant domestic and foreign policy issues. For Reagan, the larger as well as the stronger collection, Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson (editors, Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan) arranged more than 1000 letters topically with headings such as "Home and Family", "Governorship", "Economic Policy", "Core Beliefs", and "Foreign Leaders". Most letters are accompanied by brief notes that place the letter in context, and several are footnoted. Spelling errors are retained.
[Conservative Book Club main selection.] - Weber (military history, emeritus, Marquette Univ.) has organized Dear Americans chronologically and includes only personally handwritten letters to constituents during Reagan's eight years in office. Brief introductory notes identifying the recipient and the purpose of the letter precede most of the correspondence. Misspellings have been corrected. Reagan is recommended for all libraries, while Dear Americans for libraries with limited budgets.-Thomas J. Baldino, Wilkes Univ., Wilkes-Barre, PA
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The New York Times bestselling collection of Ronald Reagan’s letters—a definitive look at a man, an era, and a presidency.
Ronald Reagan may have been the most prolific correspondent of any American president since Theodore Roosevelt, having likely written more than 10,000 letters in his lifetime to a wide array of friends and family, politicians, private citizens, and children. Honest, open, and heartfelt, Reagan’s letters reveal a man who felt most comfortable and natural with pen in hand, and a man who reached out to friend and foe alike throughout his life. Reagan: A Life in Letters is as important as it is astonishing and moving.
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