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My Father at 100

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  638 ratings  ·  132 reviews
February 6, 2011, was the one hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. To mark the occasion, Ron Reagan wrote My Father at 100, an intimate look at the life of his father--one of the most popular presidents in American history--told from the perspective of someone who knew Ronald Reagan better than any advisor, friend, or colleague. As he grew up under his father's ...more
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Published January 18th 2011 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published April 1st 2010)
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Dank Bubba
May 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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
Mar 11, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
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
David Rush
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not quite sure what brought me to read this. I know I saw Ron Regan on MSNBC and something must have come up about his father, and the upshot is I checked it out of the library.

A quick side note, checking out some of the Goodread’s reviews the Ronald Reagan fans sure have a problem with this book. I mean it is really, really, weird. This is a very personal book and when it goes into the president’s politics it is more his son working out how to deal with how they disagree. But for me it is
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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.

Patty Marvel
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
"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
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 an
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Alex Helander
A biography on Ronald Reagan from his sons point of view. The format discusses the history of the late president while drawing to anecdotes of the author as the son. The writing is good at times and poor at others. The author has unnecessary insertions of his own beliefs and appears to rather arrogant and thinks of himself as being the smartest person around. Also, a lot of the content reference other biographies, like that of Edmund Morris, and is a knock off in style at times. I wish that ther ...more
Thomas Radigan
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it
If you were expecting this to be a book about President Ronald Reagan and the author's relationship with him, prepare to be disappointed. Most of the book actually talks about Reagan's ancestors and early life, before Ron himself was born, and says shockingly little about Ron's own relationship with his father, or his mother or siblings, and Ron does not even talk about his own life.

The book begins by describing at length the paternal and maternal family lines of Ronald and his brother Moon, and
J Layne
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A moving memoir of the beloved fortieth president of the United States, by his son.

The ending is especially moving. I was struck by how much time son Ron spent with his dad while he was in the White House. I think he truly loved his dad (in spite of all the friction that has been talked about), but he didn’t realize if his dad loved him. He certainly inherited his dad's gift for storytelling and articulateness.

I like this book because it is from a perspective that none of the Reagan biographers
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, presidents
A quick read. Ron Reagan does a good job of showing just how much his President dad was a product of the 1800s, not the 1900s. His values, much like those of President Truman, came from growing up in a country where most people lived on or near farms. Much has been written about how Reagan really didn't let people in, instead spinning a compelling and reassuring story about himself that he presented to the world. But I wonder if that also was also common among men of that era--though Reagan cert ...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
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Father at 100 by Ron Reagan is a loving ‘true life’ portrayal of President Ronald Reagan by someone who knew him the best, his son. I was not a big fan of Reagan’s politics but I have to confess that Reagan knew how to be a leader. I was reluctant to even read the book at first. I was concerned that it would be some ‘overly sentimental’ tribute. But I am glad that I did. The book is well written. Ron relates many interesting ‘first hand’ experiences about his father. He describes the ‘real’ R ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Ron Reagan is Ronald Reagan's youngest son. He shares his personal narrative of his father recognizing that many other biographies and autobiographies have already been written. It was interesting to hear his perspective and rumination son his fathers life...some may be far off base but maybe not. As he says at the end of the book, Ronald Reagan was our president for 8 years but Ronald Reagan was his father all his life. I loved how he started the story 100 years prior to his fathers birth. This ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
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. ...more
Yosef Shapiro
This book was written and narrated by Ron Regan. It does not shed any new light and does not provide any new insight into understanding Reagan. But, there are several amusing anecdotes provide by Reagan's son. ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened
An easy listen, but light on detail. He's still one of the most impressively charismatic figures in American politics. ...more
I enjoyed this quick read book written by Reagan's youngest son. I thought it gave a good insight to their father son relationship. ...more
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting perspective, enjoyable stories, a worthwhile read
Jennifer Slottje
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s a beautiful story of a son going down his fathers memory lane to learn the boy and young man his father was. Ron Jr. has a super dry and sarcastic sense of humor that would make me laugh.
Sarah Bodaly
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was such a good book. My Father at 100, by Ron Reagan. Obviously, we know Ronald Reagan did not live to be 100, but in the year in which this would have happened, Reagan's notable son wrote the story of his life as only a son could. It starts with the President's Irish grandparents, continues to his parents, and then settles on the story of the man himself. From his spunky childhood to his years as a teenage lifeguard, briefly touching his career as an actor, and delving into the highl ...more
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