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Reagan: The Hollywood Years

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  38 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The compelling biography of an American icon’s early years–as an aspiring actor, Hollywood star, and family man.

Ronald Reagan was one of the most powerful and popular American presidents. The key to understanding his political success and the remarkable likability and effortless charisma that made it possible lies embedded in his early years as a Hollywood movie star.

Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Vincent O'Neil
I really wanted to give this book four stars, but like so many movies it talks about, it starts out great but then looses steam at the end. It is obvious the author had already moved on to his next project in his mind, or was under time pressure to submit a certain number of pages in order to meet a looming deadline. The last portion of the book is just that difficult to get through - the author even rambles on and on - with no apparent objective in mind - with the actual transcript of some cong ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, audio-cd
A little disappointing. There were some good parts, lot's of just blah and quite a few boring parts in telling his life during his acting years. When he went on and on about some of the names in movies or who were up for parts I had to fast forward it. This was published in 2008 and well no offense, not a lot of people are going to truly know some of those names. So it seemed a little unnecessary to have it in multiple areas. Another thing he should have done when talking about how much things c ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extremely comprehensive look into Reagan's life up until his political career, which I always thought was the most fascinating. The author watched practically every movie Reagan was in and wrote a good amount about each. Also about what actors he socialized with etc. Besides this, I loved how he went in depth about his teenage years in Illinois, and it had the most information about his early life than in any Reagan bio I've read, save "An American Life". Obviously, it went through Reagan's Holl ...more
This book seemed to relate very little information about his actual Hollywood career, such as it was. It spent much more time discussing his love of politics, even while in Hollywood, and his first wife's great dislike of his oratorical skills on that level.

Personally, I enjoyed the book - with or without the Hollywood emphasis. It was a wonderful glimpse into the early life of one of our Presidents. If his Hollywood career had been more successful, he might never have realized his true calling
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Ronald Reagan before his presidency and the struggles he went through as a actor and includes some information about his time during the election and presidency. The book mainly focuses on Reagan early love live and how he rose to the position of presidency. The book does a good job of separating the time periods into chapters of Reagan life. I personally did not find this book very intriguing, but for someone who is interested in politics and reading this is the book 4 u.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had it's highs and lows. Some parts were drawn out and beaten to a pulp, like the union woes and reagan being subpoenaed. It's half about Reagan's Hollywood years and half about the history of the movie industry.
Sep 19, 2010 rated it liked it
The most interesting parts of the book were those that dealt with Reagan's beginning in Hollywood, his time as president of the Screen Actor's Guild and his time in television.

Eliot really has no ability or seemingly interest in evaluating or even describing Reagan's films.
Henry Barcohana
It is fascinating how someone went from an actor to the president of the United States
Oct 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book about Reagan while in Hollywood. But for World War II, he might have become a "top" actor
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting, especially the Hollywood cluture and Ronnie and Nancy's pre-martial sex life.
Mar 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to read the pre-presidency story. Nancy was a bit of a loon. Goodness. Glad I read it.
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Wow, this was a good read, but the part about union politics, snore.
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