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My Father at 100

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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
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
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
7 March 2016: Rest in Peace Nancy; the Reagan Library is an American Institution and you were a wonderful First Lady. I will pay my respects to your grave when I can next visit the Library again in Simi Valley. God Bless.

Ron Reagan certainly has a sense of his Dad’s humor throughout the book; a humor largely gone from the current gridlock in Washington DC. One of the funniest things I believe he did intentionally was to inform the reader his Dad was the “forty-fourth” President of the United Sta
Elizabeth Pruett
This might not be the best book on Ronald Reagan, but it is from a unique perspective. Written by a man just a couple years older than my own parents, it is written by the president's youngest child. Ron Reagan had a complicated history with his father, and this book of memories and reflections helps to humanize an individual that was so much more than just a California Governor or President of the Unites States of America. He was a husband and a father who cared deeply, made mistakes, but alway ...more
Emma Judge
"My Father at 100" Is written by Ron Reagan, who is well known for his liberal political opinion, which largely differ from his father. This book describes the Reagan Ancestry, all the way back to Ronald Reagan's great-grandparents. The author explains his ancestors struggle as they immigrated to the United States. The first 1/4 of the book is spent describing Reagan heritage. The author then begins to explain the life of Ronald Reagan; starting from the very beginning. Ron describes the family ...more
Feb 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kev Willoughby
Aug 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of Reagan, you won't like this book. If you are not a fan of Reagan, you still won't like this book. I am disappointed that Reagan's own son not only takes such a disrespectful attitude toward his own father, but waits until after his death to do so. Aside from the open disrespect toward his father's political views, Ron Reagan's choice of words throughout the book is an unnecessary distraction. He consistently uses words that no one uses in normal conversation, and the tone of ...more
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What to say about a book about former President Ronald Reagan by his son who hated everything he stood for while he was alive but who lives today only off his father's name? As the last Reagan child to write a book, Ron apparently was trying to mine territory uncovered by other family members and a slew of biographers — a tough task. So he toured the area of Reagan's early Illinois homes and by using both the scholarship on his father already available and guessing at the past, he wrote this boo ...more
Pauline Barlow
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read. Ron Reagan writes well and tries to do right by his father though they had opposite political and religious points of view. I enjoyed reading about his Irish ancestry all the way up to his father Jack. The son portrays his father as he saw and loved growing up. He observed in him the qualities that made him the future president and world leader. He found him warm yet remote, who thrived on public display yet was intensely private, one who shied away from conflict, with a te ...more
Fred Kohn
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ronald-reagan
This was a really well written book and a joy to read. The only reason it didn't get five stars from me is that it felt somewhat unbalanced. There was virtually no mention of politics for the first 191 pages, and then Ron began to share anecdotes from his dad's time as president. These anecdotes were ok, they just threw me for a bit of a loop since I had gotten used to reading nothing political for 85% of the book.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give it a 3.75. interesting book - relatively well written. A story about Ronald Reagan's family before they came to America and then more history of the time before Ronald was born. Interesting tidbits about Ronald growing up and through college.

I was hoping for more stories on when Reagan was governor and president but that time period is pretty much skipped over. The last chapter included his life with Alzheimer's and then on his death bed was touching.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
An easy listen, but light on detail. He's still one of the most impressively charismatic figures in American politics.
Steven Bennett
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.

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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
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
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