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Ronald Reagan

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
In this short biography, Michael Schaller, acclaimed historian of the American political right, offers readers a poignant account of Ronald Reagan's life and achievements, from his small-town upbringing in rural Illinois to his cinematic success in Hollywood, entry into politics as governor of California, and meteoric rise to the White House, where he served for eight ...more
Hardcover, 105 pages
Published December 31st 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 3rd 2010)
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Feb 18, 2013 Kevin rated it liked it
On a whim I decided to read this book that had been sitting on my shelf for years. Figured it was president's day weekend and all, why not read a presidential biography. And one that was 100 pages seemed like a good place to start.

Obviously, that 100 pages means it is really just a brief overview of his life and career rather than any sort of in depth analysis.

And while Schaller isn't exactly outright hostile to Reagan and conservatism he is deeply cynical about what he sees as the gap between R
Cyndi D.
Mar 01, 2011 Cyndi D. rated it really liked it
A fast read and short biography of Ronald Reagan. Just the facts neither pro or anti Reagan. A rather pleasant and informative read.
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Oct 29, 2016 Robin Friedman rated it really liked it
A Short Biography Of Ronald Reagan

After reading Thomas Mallon's largely disappointing novel "Finale" about Ronald Reagan, I was moved to revisit our fortieth president through non-fiction. I also became interested in thinking more about Reagan through reflection on our current presidential contest and on what, if anything, his life and presidency might teach us. I also wanted something brief, and I found Michael Schaller's 2010 biography, "Ronald Reagan" to help satisfy my interest. Schaller, Re
Fred Kohn
Mar 01, 2015 Fred Kohn rated it liked it
Short and to the point. Does not gloss over Reagan's faults nor downplay his accomplishments. If you want to read just one biography of Ronald Reagan and don't have much time, this is a good way to go.
Jeff Yoak
I'm hard-pressed to describe what put me off about this book. Perhaps it was a trivializing tone. Despite great interest in the topic, I just found reading the book almost immediately, viscerally unpleasant.

Not too much to say here, given that this was more like a pamphlet on Ronald Reagan. It can't pretend to be in-depth when it's only 105 pages. But, if you want a distilled version of his presidency with all the "highlights" touched upon, then this should do the trick.
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Michael Schaller is Regents Professor of History at the University of Arizona. A specialist in twentieth-century American politics and foreign policy, he earned his bachelor's degree from SUNY Binghamton in 1968 and his master's (1969) and doctorate (1974) degrees from the University of Michigan.
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