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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (773 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edmund Morris Narrator: Edmund Morris Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This book, the only biography ever authorized by a sitting President - yet written with complete interpretive freedom - is as revolutionary in method as it is formidable in scholarship. When Ronald Reagan moved into the White House in 1981, one of his first literary guests was Edmund Morris, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Theodore Roosevelt. Morris developed a fascination for the genial yet inscrutable president and, after Reagan's landslide reelection in 1984, put aside the second volume of his life of Roosevelt to become an observing eye and ear at the White House.

Coming and going with Reagan's benign approval (I'm not going to ride up San Juan Hill for you), Morris found the president to be a man of extraordinary power and mystery. Although the historic early achievements were plain to see - the restoration of American optimism and patriotism, a repowering of the national economy, a massive arms buildup deliberately forcing the Evil Empire of Soviet Communism to come to terms - nobody, let alone Reagan himself, could explain how he succeeded in shaping events to his will. And when Reagan's second term came to grips with some of the most fundamental moral issues of the late 20th century - at Bitburg and Bergen-Belsen, at Geneva and Reykjavík, publicly outside the Brandenburg Gate (Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!), and deep within the mother monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church - Morris realized that he had taken on a subject of epic dimensions.

Thus began a long biographical pilgrimage to the heart of Ronald Reagan's mystery, beginning with his birth in 1911 in the heart of rural Illinois (where he is still remembered as Dutch, the dreamy son of an alcoholic father and a fiercely religious mother) and progressing through the way stations of an amazingly varied career: young lifeguard (he saved 77 lives), aspiring writer, ace sportscaster, film star, soldier, union leader, corporate spokesman, governor, and president.... Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Doug Ebeling | 2/4/2014

    " Flawed, as is well-known, yet compelling look at Reagan, particularly interesting regarding his early life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by RJ | 1/30/2014

    " Difficult to believe how such a good writer (see The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt) could write such dreck here. It's been well documented a lot already, but this was a massive disappointment at the time. The Gipper deserved much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Len Washko | 1/29/2014

    " Loved it. Big Reagan fan. Unique bio. Morris gets inside his head, partly fictionalizing, and brilliantly. You'll understand why he was a giant, will remain a giant, and how he bacame such. You cannot understand the 1970s and 1980s if you do not read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jordan | 1/28/2014

    " Let me make one thing clear, I am not a fan of Reagan politics, especially how they seem to still haunt us. This book however and in particular the writing style of Edmund Morris is a fantastic read and really makes you like the man, Ronald Reagan. It is also great for learning why Ronald Reagan had the policies he had and also throws in some interesting tid bits such as actor Ronnie being rejected by the California Communist Party. Makes one think.... "

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