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Reagan: A Life In Letters

Format:  Paperback,

935 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Oct 2004

ISBN-13: 9780743219679

ISBN-10: 0743219678

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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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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Oct 2004
ISBN-13: 9780743219679
ISBN-10: 0743219678
Format: Paperback
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
Walmart No.: 743219678

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Biography of Reagan, Ronald

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.

Chapter outline

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Frequent Correspondentsp. xvii
The Early Yearsp. 1
Home and Familyp. 42
Health and Personal Appearancep. 74
Old Friendsp. 93
Hollywood Years and Friendshipsp. 123
Governorshipp. 168
Running for Officep. 213
Core Beliefsp. 255
Economic Policyp. 292
Domestic Policyp. 327
The Cold War I: Ideology and Institutionsp. 372
The Cold War II: Politics, Arms, and Missile Defensep. 396
The Middle East and Southwest Asiap. 432
Terrorism and the Iran-Contra Scandalp. 456
The Americasp. 482
The International Scenep. 515
The Oval Office and Reelectionp. 549
The Mediap. 577
The Criticsp. 609
Reaching Outp. 648
The Lighter Sidep. 663
American Leadersp. 694
Foreign Leadersp. 720
Pen Palsp. 747
Back to Californiap. 810
A Note on Methodsp. 835
References, Sources, and Interviewsp. 838
Notesp. 843
Acknowledgmentsp. 885
Index of Lettersp. 891
General Indexp. 905

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2003-09-01)

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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