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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
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Published August 24th 2001 by Free Press (first published August 1st 1901)
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Jim
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
Nooilforpacifists
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
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Michelle
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.
Elise
Fantastic insight on this great American. It is very easy to read and enjoy watching his reasoning abilities.
Jon Angell
As one of my reading goals this year I wanted to read a book of at least 500 pages, and this is it. I am so glad I choose this one as it was packed with so much good an varied content that it was worth the extra time and effort. My biggest regret is not taking the time to take notes and mark the book as I went through it.

I had an admiration and respect for President Reagan before I started this book. The book clearly explained Reagan's policy positions, thinking, thought processes and an insigh
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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
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Nick S
The book explained his life on how he lived before his political lifestyle. Where he was born and how he got into politics, also he alsmost lived a century, before politics he was an actor. Also Star Wars was introduced at this time and created into a movie also had to do with the cold war that he helped stop.
Jeff
Nov 17, 2008 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Jane Cook
Love a great original source and this is an insight one on Ronald Reagan.
Kristen
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
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.

A MUST READ!
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".....
Mark
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.
Christopher
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.
Nathan
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
Nov 17, 2014 Joe Martin marked it as have-unread  ·  review of another edition
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Very enjoyable and insightful.
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