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My Father at 100

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  426 ratings  ·  102 reviews
The son of Ronald and Nancy Reagan presents an assessment of his father's life that features his childhood observations of the qualities that rendered the future fortieth president a powerful leader.
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published 2011 by Viking (first published April 1st 2010)
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Dank Bubba
Liked the book, but didn't like much of Ron's attitude. Ron decided when he was 12 that he was smarter and more important than anybody else. I am a big Reagan fan, but don't expect him to be perfect or above criticism. But Ron is, as another review put it, a teenager still. The book is good in many places despite the various asides by Ron and well worth reading in other places where Ron forgets to add comments designed to "demonstrate" how superior he is for any liberal friends reading it. Most ...more
Tim Chavel
I was really hesitate to buy this book because the younger Reagan who wrote it is so liberal. However, I found it on sale at BAM for $3.97 and decided to go for it. I have read so many books about Ronald Reagan and knew this was one I needed to read. I have read all of the other books by President Reagan's children and so this completes all of his children's books about him. The majority of this book is about President Reagan's life before his son is born. Therefore we read a lot of history abou ...more
While I was too young to be very political when Ronald Reagan was in office, my father, his contemporary, said until his own death that Ronald Reagan would go down as the best president in U.S. history. So, this was my motivation for reading the book. I found it interesting that President Reagan really did live something of a charmed life, and that his gift for oratory, impressive physique and athleticism gave him reason for the optimism in which he believed, and with which he led the country.

Let it be said that I credit some of my 30-year fascination with politics to President Reagan, who served while I was in high school and college. My political awakening unfolded as everyone around me seemed helpless under the spell of President Reagan's guileless gaze, causing me to ponder the difference between his magical world and reality. "Just because he says it doesn't make it so," my teenage self said, and thus began my interest in politics as an intellectual exercise to unearth details. ...more
The operative word in the title isn't "father", or even "100", it is "my". This is Ron Reagan's story, and his character interjects itself throughout this otherwise excellent book (downfall of the Soviet Union...ends up Ron kicked off that process, and he had a staring contest with Gorby). Ron's take on his family's and his father's past I found to be excellent, though. The first half of the book describes the President's family and life through high school, as well as the towns in Northwestern ...more
PRO: (1) The writing itself was well done. (There was a brief hyper-usage of the word "formidable," the typical out of place capital, omitted words/punctuation. However, I find these refreshingly minor and not as distracting as editing flaws I note in most other books.)
(2) Family background, albeit somewhat guessed at, is an interesting part to the whole. I'm glad the author took the effort to include this.

CON: (1) Irritating teenage tone, (2) lack of parental respect,and (3) when the author po
My Father at 100

Ron Reagan

This is a wonderful book. If you think you didn’t like Ronald Reagan, didn’t like his policies or his politics -well - there are no politics in this volume. You will see this mortal man in a whole new light. If you have ever felt you liked Ronald Reagan, now you will like him the more.

Ron Reagan rolls smoothly back and forth along three lanes. There is a lane of coming of age, an account, piecemeal, of a boy growing to manhood. There is a second lane of a boy and hi
Patty Marvel
I should begin by stating I'm not a fan of Ronald Reagan and even less a fan of his policies. Having said that, I enjoyed Ron Reagan's "My Father at 100" partly because it helped me to understand our 40th president. His story is told mostly in linear fashion with occasional sidesteps in the timeline to bring home a point or tell a story similar to the one digressed from. The reader clearly understands that while Ron didn't always agree with Ronald, especially in the areas of politics and religio ...more
Steven Bennett
A very fun book that added so much to his life I didn't know about before. Perhaps the most-likable President we ever had.
His son put the book together in such a way that his father's life seemed surreal, coming from a place of obscurity where so many specific events occurred that brought him to the place where we all knew him. His attitude toward life was expressed wonderfully by his son. I actually did not read -as in a paper book- this book but listened to it while on the road. Occasionally
Colleen Brazill-murray
Loved how intimate this was - like a true father/son relationship, it was at times jealous in tone and even condescending but over all there was a true sense of love he showed for his father. Some of the standouts were (spoiler alert) when he wrote of winning a swimming race against his father and when his father was in the throws of Alzheimer's. I was surprised to find myself choked up when he wrote of the secret service agents tossing leaves into the pool because his father like to pick them o ...more
Pretty disappointing to say the least. First off the title "Ron Reagan My Father at 100" doesn't make sense from the actual book. He starts off saying if his dad was still alive he would be 100 (this was published in 2011). So I am thinking it was going to be about if he hadn't died where would he be, what would he being doing, etc. It wasn't like that, OK. It was more like where his father grew up, his early childhood and really about Ron trying to figure out who his dad really was because he s ...more
I had mixed feelings about this book. It was full of interesting family history and stories of Ronald Regan told by his son who experienced these moments with his father, but through those stories and the writing style that son came across as a condescending spoiled brat who thinks the world revolves around him, so be prepared for a book that is as much or more about Ron Reagan the son, rather than his father the former President of the United States. There is a lot of early family history, trac ...more
Michael Lewyn
In this book, Ron Reagan Jr. discusses his visits to places where his father lived as a boy, writes a bit about his father's boyhood, and throws in a few antecdotes here and there about his life with his father; their relationship was more good than bad, though occasionally a little distant (a picture backed up by President Reagan's diaries, which present Ron Jr. as more difficult than his daughter Maureen, but less so than his other two children). A nice, pleasant, not-too-deep book that took m ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - started it on Father's Day weekend this year. It is NOT political, and son Ron did a great job of researching the family history and presenting his view of his father, which is unique of course. I've always enjoyed biographies and this book gives a very good look at the entire sweep of Reagan's life. Beyond all the good and bad, character strengths and flaws, I couldn't help but admire the man more, only I felt it was from an honest source, not from a PR machine. ...more
I don't know exactly what I was expecting from My Father at 100 by Ron Reagan, and whatever it was, I don't think I found it.

Reagan takes the reader back into history: back to the family's life in Ireland and immigration to America. I did learn quite a bit of President Reagan's early life; he made lemon out of lemonade as many children of immigrants did. Reaching the pinnacle of holding the highest public office in the US is quite the achievement of a man from some humble beginnings.

However, I w
Despite his god-like status among many, I don't know much about Ronald Reagan, except for generalities and sound bites.

It was rather interesting to read about President Reagan's life from the perspective of his son. Ron Reagan sets up the book as an exploration of his father as a person and not a president, and I appreciated the humanization of such a grand public figure.

Ron Reagan introduces the book by stating that he wants to recount experiences that he and his father shared, and explore thei
Ron Reagan celebrates the centenary of his father's birth by taking us on a trip to the small towns that made his father the man we know as one of the most beloved presidents in history. Ron traveled to these towns and shares his experiences along with many stories he heard his father tell over the years.

The journey before Hollywood, Sacramento and Washington D.C. that shaped Ronald Reagan into the man we got to know later in his life when he hit the public spotlight.

Dollycas's Thoughts

The love
Ron Reagan, the youngest of his famous father's children, begins the book by exploring the roots of his family in Ireland and their journey to America. This is primarily a look at the former president's childhood and young adulthood prior to his movie star and political days.

He (the author) actually journeyed to the towns where his father spent his younger years and visited the places that were significant to him in one way or another. He offers a look at our former president as a child learnin
This isn't a biography - it's more of a private conversation, or a detective story, as Ron Reagan tries to learn about his father's boyhood after his death. Ron physically traces the young Ronald's path, looking for traces, and maybe foreshadowings, of the boy who would become President.

It's a poignant book, for me. Ronald Reagan was THE president of my childhood, for better or for worse. He was like Johnny Carson or Mr. Rogers - one of the rock-steady figures that defined an era. This story, wh
Reading this as an 18 year old that was born after Ronald Regan’s presidency was really interesting and I liked learning about Ronald Regan’s life. Reading about Ronald’s past from Ron’s point of view was really appealing. I loved reading about Ronald Regan’s past and history. The fact that Ron traveled to learn about his father really hit home with me. This book seemed to really look at Ron and Ronald’s relationship. Regan, an enormous figure, is humanized into a father who cared about his fami ...more
Jeroen Nijs
Er zitten krenten in de pap van My Father At 100 van Ron Reagan, de zoon van Ronald en Nancy Reagan, maar het is hard werken om ze tegen te komen.

Het boek veronderstelt de nodige voorkennis over het leven van Ronald Reagan, en is zeker niet bedoeld als een volledige biografie. In plaats daarvan concentreert het zich op een aantal aspecten van Reagan's leven: de afkomst van zijn familie, de plaatsen waar hij als kind woonde en de relatie tussen Ron en zijn vader. De schrijver laat zien dat de afk
After listening to the audio version of this book, I think I could enjoy listening to Ron Reagan read the phone book. Reading the printed book would have been a far different experience than hearing the son, author, and reader render the events in a voice reminiscent of his father. His voice makes the events even more personal and touching. Interweaving events from different time periods is smoothly executed and quite effective in that the author is calling upon the reader's memories of his fath ...more
Sally Bennett
I enjoyed this book on CD especially because it was narrated by the author, Ron Reagan, who can sound remarkably like his father. I loved learning the history of the family as he retraced and visited some of the places which would have been so important to President Reagan as a child and young adult. The intimate family stories as told from Ron's viewpoint at the times they occurred, and then with hindsight and humor. As with so many books on CD, this book made long drives seem much shorter, and ...more
I felt like I was on the journey with Ron Reagan as he researched and visited childhood haunts of his famous father. He was able to make the icon more human through his exploration of the family's humble Irish roots and his father's childhood. He also did a great job of setting the historical stage by mentioning important events occurring during the life of his father. This is no political fanboy presentation of Ronald Reagan, but rather a beautiful story of a father/son relationship. Most know ...more
A glimpse into the life of Ronald Reagan by his son Ron. In trying to shed some light at the private life of a very public mn, Ron traveled to the small Midwestern towns where Reagan spent his youth and where his character was shaped. Calling his father "warm, yet remote", Ron Reagan spent more time examining his father's early years than discussing their father-son relationship. Obviously it was complex, as might be expected in any relationship, but had to be impacted by the fact that his fathe ...more
Patrick Michael
I really enjoyed this book and learned a few new things on the life of Ronald Reagan. The book is very well written and just the perfect length. I have ready probably over two dozen books on the life and presidency of Ronald Reagan.

The narrative of Ronald Reagan's life here is splendidly told and I am very glad that I read this book. A recommendation to anyone that that is interested in the life of this wonderful man and president.
Kathleen Hagen
My Father at 100, by Ron Reagan, narrated by Ron Reagan, produced by Blackstone Audio, downloaded from

February 6, 2011, is the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. To mark the occasion, his son, Ron Reagan has written My Father at 100. As he grew up under his father's watchful gaze, he observed the very qualities that made the future president a powerful leader. Yet for all of their shared experiences of horseback rides and touch football games and swimming races, there was m
Edy Gies
I found this to be a very interesting and different viewpoint on the Reagan story. I have read several books about Ronald Reagan and enjoyed them all, but this one was unique. Ron does point out several times that he differed with his father on political issues, but still respected his dad for many reasons. I got the idea that the son has regrets about his relationship with his dad and sees things from a different light after researching this book. In many places throughout the book it sounds mo ...more
I enjoyed the parts in this book that were actually about our former president, but found all of the tangents taken by the author, his son, to be too self serving and distracting. I truly believe Ron Reagan loved his father, but at times the author just couldn't resist the temptation to take his father down a peg or too, which I found sad.
Loved Ron Reagan's narration of this book! He pops up with wonderful stories of his own interactions with his dad - and he was a typical teenager - as well as descriptions of incidents that happened to him as he researched this book. I can honestly say I appreciate Ronald Reagan, the man, much more having listened to this book.
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