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Reagan, in His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America

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Until Alzheimer's disease wreaked its gradual destruction, Ronald Reagan was an inveterate writer. He wrote not only letters, short fiction, poetry, and sports stories, but speeches, newspaper articles, and radio commentary on public policy issues, both foreign and domestic. Most of Reagan's original writings are pre-presidential. From 1975 to 1979 he gave more than 1,000 ...more
Hardcover, 549 pages
Published February 6th 2001 by Free Press (first published August 1st 1901)
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Throughout my life, almost all of my friends have been liberals, and if they were politically inclined at all, liberal Democrats. I remember well how so many people were shocked at the "lack of qualifications" for the presidency Reagan was supposed to have exhibited, forgetting that he was a two-term governor of the nation's most populous state. He was often thought of as an easy-going dunce, and it's certainly true that he took much of the nation by surprise when he won the presidency in 1980. ...more
This book consists of largely Reagan's 1970s radio scripts, found written in his own hand on stacks of legal paper--this was pre Peggy Noonan. Back then, he had a 3 minute spot to talk about any topic of his choice.

It is impossible to read this book and not realize that Reagan was exceedingly well informed, highly intelligent and a good thinker. Once more, he had a component of intelligence so lacking in other politicians (say Jimmy Carter): he could summarize the important matters for his audie
I learned what a true conservative's views are. He was authentic and true passionate and optimistic. He was the best president in my generation.
Fantastic insight on this great American. It is very easy to read and enjoy watching his reasoning abilities.
Ced Crawley
Ronald Reagan was a man of principles, feeling, and understanding. He believed in the rights of all men as inherently given by the Creator, just as the Founding Fathers of America articulated in the Declaration statement.

In this collection of writings by the late POTUS, one sees clearly the reflection of Reagan's deeply thought-out ideas and further, the deeply held convictions which were the root and core of those ideas.

As a person who watched Reagan in office as a young boy, and whom especial
Nov 17, 2008 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone, democrat or republican, who cares about political ideals
This is a collection of radio chats written by Reagan himself, not a chronological book with a narrative. However, it is truly an amazing work, almost like a bible of Regan's political beliefs spelled out by himself. Each essay is only one to two pages on average and clearly labeled so it is great to pick-up, flip through to a topic that interests you, and read for a few minutes. It truly reveals a man who, while widely considered popular, was also thought by many to not be too smart (forgetting ...more
I actually haven't finished this book because I only get to it every few months or so. It's a collection of Ronald Reagan's radio addresses in the years before he became president. They explain his vision of the world and his policies. I'm a huge fan of RR and every now and then, when I'm so frustrated with the current state of the union, I'll pick up the book and read pure common sense and wisdom. Very refreshing. I think that's why I'm taking so long to finish this book. I'm savoring it slowly ...more
Marilyn Hartl
A remarkable collection of writings by a guy who changed the way of thinking of many former democrats. Seeing the hand-written notes of one of the nation's finest leaders is an inspiring thing...knowing that he wrote so much of his own material gives one assurance that his leadership was from the heart, and that his wisdom as expressed to the nation was his own. We are fortunate that he wrote in longhand...there won't be records of this sort for future leaders...the digital age has ended this so ...more
Michael Bradley
For anyone who believes the mainstream media pitch that Reagan was not as great a man or as smart a man as he should be, they should read his letters. The personal correspondence of Reagan shows him to be brilliant and caring, not the doddering fool that his opponents try to portray him as. As a Reagan fan who worked on both his campaigns, even I was shocked at the depth of his knowledge and compassion as I read his own writings. A must read for Reaganites and anyone interested in Presidents.
Anthony O'Brian
Reagan wasn't just a politician spouting what he felt the masses wanted to hear or what would make him popular...he believed every word! These speeches, letters, and radio addresses came way before he even thought about the Presidency or Governorship.

Chris Henn
To anyone interested in the thinking behind the thinking of our 40th President, this is a must read. Written as short radio commentaries he delivered from 1975-1979, these policy statements form the bedrock of his Presidency. George Schultz once commented "He knows so little and accomplishes so much." This book reveals the true Reagan genius that went beyond his title as the "Great Communicator".....
Very insightful for those who wanted to know more about the man behind the legend. This book outlines almost every side Reagan took during his political, from the Economy and Foreign Policy, to Social Issues and Education. Must read for anyone wanting to know more about good ol' RR.
If you want a lesson on what it means to be a conservative, then read this book. This is a collection of the notes of The Gipper's radio speeches when he was Governor. It outlines all his major beliefs in every political topic from foreign policy to Reaganomics.
An excellent sketch of how Reagan viewed the world. This book provides great evidence that Reagan's vision while in office was his own; it was a vision he outlined during his radio addresses in the 70's.
Josh Ayer
Explodes the myth of his supposed stupidity. You don't have to like the ideas but you will understand his lucid and well written point of view.
Joe Martin
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