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The Education of Ronald Reagan: The General Electric Years and the Untold Story of His Conversion to Conservatism (Columbia Studies in Contemporary American History)
In October 1964, Ronald Reagan gave a televised speech in support of Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. "The Speech," as it has come to be known, helped launch Ronald Reagan as a leading force in the American conservative movement. However, less than twenty years earlier, Reagan was a prominent Hollywood liberal, the president of the Screen Actors Guild, and ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Columbia University Press
(first published December 5th 2006)
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Recommended by Newt Gingrich at the Washington DC conference I attended. It was a good book describing how Ronald Reagan really started his political career. He's always been known for his excellent speaking abilities and it was interesting reading about how this developed throughout his years at GE.
This book is more a history about General Electric and its battles with unionized workers in the late 1940's and 50's. Included in the narrative is how Ronald Reagan gained an invaluable education in big business, employee relations and collective bargaining.
Feb 08, 2012 Jason Keenan rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Amazing story not only of Reagan in his time at GE, but of what may have been the last time when a company launched a comprehensive economic education program aimed simply at linking the concept of sound fiscal policies and paycheques.
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