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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (719 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ronald Reagan Narrator: Ronald Reagan Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN: 9780743541534
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Ronald Reagan is an American success story. From modest beginnings in a small midwestern town to a distinguished career in films and television, he lived the American dream; as governor of California and as the century's most popular president, he embodied and revitalized the American spirit.

Now in this dramatic and revealing memoir, Ronald Reagan recounts both his life and his beliefs with uncompromising candor and his familiar wit. He discusses his decision to run for president, historic meetings with Mikhail Gorbachev and other heads of state, his frustrations in dealing with an often hostile congress, his unshakable faith in the American people and the enduring love for Nancy, who will always be his First Lady. In a moving passage, President Reagan also speaks frankly about the assassination attempt on his life and its effects on him and his family.

An American Life is a richly detailed, definitive account of a great and historic presidency and of a unique American Life -- from the man who restored America's confidence and strength and shaped the future of the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • An American Life is filled with Ronald Reagan’s good humor and goodwill.” 

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “One of our classic American success stories.” 

    Washington Times

  • “Reagan’s charm, as displayed throughout this book, is incontestable; so is his grace under pressure.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 âš¡Blazeâš¡~ ⭐Reach for the Stars⭐~ ❄BRTM❄~ | 2/17/2014

    " ((Full review coming soon)) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kash | 2/8/2014

    " An amazing man with an amazing life. The greatest US president of my life time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 2/1/2014

    " Call me a nerd, but this was my favorite book when I was 8. It actually embarrassed my older sister to see me walking around with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Mcnally | 1/29/2014

    " No president in the 20th Century has accomplished more, or been so effective in changing the direction of government in ways that are both fundamental and lasting, than Ronald Reagan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 P.e.lolo | 1/28/2014

    " I thought it a good book by a good man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Saadia | 1/17/2014

    " It was all very interesting and well written. The only parts I did not like were the long letter between Reagan and Gorbachev. I recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dj Wells | 1/15/2014

    " An awesome autobiography about one of the greatest Presidents the United States has had the honor of having. A country boy at heart on his ranch in California and an outstanding orator. The book leads the reader from life in Dixon, IL to Hollywood, the Governorship of CA, and finally the Presidency of the United States. We see the efforts put forth during the Cold War with Gorbechav and the attempts to create arms treaties to reduce the nuclear threat. His frustration with the partisan congress and secret meetings between heads of state driving the goal of nuclear proliferation. A fantastic read about how a boy can reluctantly move into the Presidency and rule the greatest nation on earth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy | 1/7/2014

    " I don't think all the real details are in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Reeser | 1/3/2014

    " This made me love ol' Ronnie even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 12/30/2013

    " Another Audible and President Reagan is the narrator. So, comforting to hear his calming voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/24/2013

    " Wonderful insight into an exceptional leader as well as a critical time in US History. Made me wish I could have met the man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 11/23/2013

    " This was an interesting read, about an american leader who whether you agreed with his politics or not, definitively reveals his core values and how they shaped his policies! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan G | 10/29/2013

    " This was a good book. Not only did it educate me on the life of Ronald Reagan, but it also taught me more a bout the Cold War, which I knew little about. The only issue I had with the book was it was quite long. But other than that this was a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ryan Paige | 10/24/2013

    " This was a good laugh. It was required college reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 9/21/2013

    " A truely fantastic book about a truely fantastic American. His detailed and fascinating description following him from boyhood through the end of his presidency, this autobiography gives us a look at the man behind the administration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 9/6/2013

    " The greatest book about the greatest man to ever hold the office of President of the United States of America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/8/2013

    " I am a great fan of Ronald Reagan and I loved reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob | 6/30/2013

    " Best book on Reagan I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 6/5/2013

    " Great book. Reading this memoir reminded me of some of the momentous events over which Reagan presided and makes me long for the days when great men occupied the People's House. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Chavel | 3/31/2013

    " An Awesome book about the greatest President! The book brought back sooo many good memories for me. If you enjoy history or if you were a Reagan fan I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 11/28/2012

    " I really enjoyed learning more about Ronald Reagan. I was a teenager during his presidency and not really focused on politics. As more and more politicians claim to be the next Ronald Reagan, I wanted to read Reagan's own words on what his guiding philosophy was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane Peterec | 9/13/2012

    " Great bio of an American hero "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/9/2012

    " What an interesting recap of a fascinating life in his own words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Whetten | 8/2/2012

    " All I can say is "God Bless Ronald Reagan!" and "Wherefore art thou Mr. President?" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr. Tom | 4/22/2012

    " Very interesting up til the mid-80s. Then couldn't quite finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas Graney | 2/10/2012

    " If you want to revel in a rose-colored view of life, you'll want to read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Cote | 12/31/2011

    " What an amazing book! Really got a great sense of what type of man President Reagan was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William J. Shep | 7/17/2011

    " Not the greatest presidential autobiography, but at least it does not run on and on like Clinton's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 4/21/2011

    " This was an interesting read, about an american leader who whether you agreed with his politics or not, definitively reveals his core values and how they shaped his policies! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rich | 2/4/2011

    " An inspiring account of one of our great presidents. Love him or hate him, it is difficult to deny the great strides the world made while he was president. While there are no major surprises in teh book, it shows many sides of President Reagan.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 1/27/2011

    " A history lesson for me because I was too young during his Presidency. Amazing perspective on the most intriguing office in the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy | 3/3/2010

    " I don't think all the real details are in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 9/21/2009

    " This made me love ol' Ronnie even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 7/24/2009

    " This is an outstanding book, my favorite look into Ronald Reagan and his life and presidency. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ryan | 7/1/2009

    " This was a good laugh. It was required college reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 5/6/2009

    " Call me a nerd, but this was my favorite book when I was 8. It actually embarrassed my older sister to see me walking around with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mr. Tom | 3/24/2009

    " Very interesting up til the mid-80s. Then couldn't quite finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shep | 8/22/2008

    " Not the greatest presidential autobiography, but at least it does not run on and on like Clinton's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 8/20/2008

    " If you want to revel in a rose-colored view of life, you'll want to read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 5/13/2008

    " All I can say is "God Bless Ronald Reagan!" and "Wherefore art thou Mr. President?" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/27/2008

    " What an interesting recap of a fascinating life in his own words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 3/12/2008

    " I enjoyed it. Gave me a new perspective on the Republican party. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 12/20/2007

    " The greatest book about the greatest man to ever hold the office of President of the United States of America. "

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