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Dutch  by Edmund Morris
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Sep 06, 11

Read from August 30 to September 06, 2011

That a man of reserved and gelid Amour Propre should be remembered as the most beloved President of the last century is only one of the mysteries that Edmund Morris plumbs in this very idiosyncratic but interesting biography of the aptly named Great Communicator...ironically,those who seek to claim his mantle today are ignorant of,or choose to forget,his record(as opposed to his rhetoric)as a pragmatic politician who made abortion more available,raised taxes,increased the debt ceiling more than a dozen times,traded Arms for Hostages,jaw-boned with the Evil Empire and generally Flew-By-The-Seat-Of-His-Pants in Diplomacy with very mixed results...while not a hagiography,"Dutch" shows on every page the affection that Morris felt for a man who was idolised by millions but known by very few,if any...the last few years in office are sketched briefly but effectively as Reagan deteriorates physically and mentally giving rise to an earned pity for him that I would have thought impossible to evoke...wife Nancy and son Ron contribute many interviews that help humanise,as far as possible,the Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma that was Ronald Reagan...

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message 1: by Steve (new)

Steve Coscia Good review Fred. Like most of us, Reagan had his quirks. His legacy has enjoyed good PR over the years. I believe he knew, or thought he knew "who he was and what he stood for" and this self-knowledge served him well.

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