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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Reeves Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN:
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Twenty-five years after Ronald Reagan became president, Richard Reeves has written a surprising and revealing portrait of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. As he did in his best-selling books President Kennedy: Profile of Power and President Nixon: Alone in the White House, Reeves has used newly declassified documents and hundreds of interviews to show a president at work day by day, sometimes minute by minute.

President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination is the story of an accomplished politician, a bold, even reckless leader, a gambler, a man who imagined an American past and an American future, and made them real. He is a man of ideas who changed the world for better or worse, a man who understands that words are often more important than deeds. Reeves shows a man who understands how to be President, who knows that the job is not to manage the government but to lead the nation. In many ways, a quarter of a century later, he is still leading. As his vice president, George H. W. Bush, said after Reagan was shot and hospitalized in 1981: We will act as if he were here.

In focusing on the key moments of the Reagan presidency, Reeves recounts the amazing resiliency of Ronald Reagan, the real comeback kid. Here is a 70-year-old man coming back from a near-fatal gunshot wound, from cancer, from the worst recession in American history. Then, in personal despair as his administration was shredded by the lying and secrets of hidden wars and double-dealing, he was able to forge one of history's amazing relationships with the leader of the Evil Empire. That story is told for the first time using the transcripts of the Reagan-Gorbachev meetings, the climax of an epic story, as if he were here.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 7/27/2013

    " It was very eye opening as to what kind of a president Reagan really was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 3/24/2012

    " A slanted perspective on President Reagan with a transparent agenda. At least the author discloses his dislike for Reagan up front. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 4/23/2011

    " This was a pretty good read about President Reagan's presidency, the good and the bad. He had an amazing 8 years in the White House as I assume that every president does. I felt it was a pretty fair assessment of his 8 years in office. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 3/16/2011

    " Excellent tour through Ronald Regan's presidency. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/20/2011

    " Pretty good book although very long. About half of Bill Clinton's book though. Very insightful and easy to tell when fact is being represented and when the author's viewpoint is represented. If you're into our Presidents' biographies this is a good one on Reagan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles M. | 10/22/2010

    " Here's the detailed account of Ronald Reagan's presidency...the highs and lows...the good, bad and indifferent. Very fair assessment of what went right and what went wrong. It is just amazin' how effective a president Reagan turned out to be! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 9/14/2010

    " To his credit, the author admits upfront that he has a liberal bias. Still, that bias colored this book enough that it felt less than objective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 9/3/2010

    " A slanted perspective on President Reagan with a transparent agenda. At least the author discloses his dislike for Reagan up front. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 7/16/2010

    " This was a pretty good read about President Reagan's presidency, the good and the bad. He had an amazing 8 years in the White House as I assume that every president does. I felt it was a pretty fair assessment of his 8 years in office. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 2/24/2010

    " Pretty good book although very long. About half of Bill Clinton's book though. Very insightful and easy to tell when fact is being represented and when the author's viewpoint is represented. If you're into our Presidents' biographies this is a good one on Reagan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 8/1/2009

    " To his credit, the author admits upfront that he has a liberal bias. Still, that bias colored this book enough that it felt less than objective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 10/9/2008

    " Excellent tour through Ronald Regan's presidency. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Reeves

Richard Reeves is the bestselling author of presidential biographies, including President Nixon and President Kennedy, acclaimed as the best nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine. A syndicated columnist and winner of the American Political Science Association’s Carey McWilliams Award, he lives in New York and Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.