Reagan, in His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America

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Simon and Schuster, 2001 - History - 549 pages
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Until Alzheimer's disease wreaked its gradual destruction, Ronald Reagan was an inveterate writer. He wrote not only letters, short fiction, poetry, and sports stories, but speeches, newspaper articles, and radio commentary on public policy issues, both foreign and domestic. Most of Reagan's original writings are pre-presidential. From 1975 to 1979 he gave more than 1,000 daily radio broadcasts, two-thirds of which he wrote himself. They cover every topic imaginable: from labor policy to the nature of communism, from World War II to the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, from the future of Africa and East Asia to that of the United States and the world. They range from highly specific arguments to grand philosophy to personal stories. Even those who knew him best were largely unaware of Reagan's output. George Shultz, as he explains in the Foreword, was surprised when he first saw the manuscripts, but on reflection he really was not surprised at all. Here is definitive proof that Ronald Reagan was far more than a Great Communicator of other people's ideas. He was very much the author of his own ideas, with a single vision that he pursued relentlessly at home and abroad. Reagan, In His Own Hand presents this vision through Reagan's radio writings as well as other writings selected from throughout his life: short stories written in high school and college, a poem from his high school yearbook, newspaper articles, letters, and speeches both before and during the presidency. It offers many surprises, beginning with the fact that Reagan's writings exist in such size and breadth at all. While he was writing batches and batches of radioaddresses, Reagan was also traveling the country, collaborating on a newspaper column, giving hundreds of speeches, and planning his 1980 campaign. Yet the wide reading and deep research self-evident here suggest a mind constantly at work. The selections are reproduced with Reagan's own edits, offering a unique window into his thought processes. These writings show that Reagan had carefully considered nearly every issue he would face as president. When he fired the striking air-traffic controllers, many thought that he was simply seizing an unexpected opportunity to strike a blow at organized labor. In fact, as he wrote in the '70s, he was opposed to public-sector unions using strikes. There has been much debate as to whether he deserves credit for the end of the cold war; here, in a 1980 campaign speech draft, he lays out a detailed vision of the grand strategy that he would pursue in order to encourage the Soviet system to collapse of its own weight, completely consistent with the policies of his presidency. Furthermore, in 1984, Reagan drafted comments he would make to Soviet foreign minister Andrei Gromyko at a critical meeting that would eventually lead to history's greatest reductions in armaments. Ronald Reagan's writings will change his reputation even among some of his closest allies and friends. Here, in his own hand, Reagan the thinker is finally fully revealed.
  

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Review: Reagan, in His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America

User Review  - Nooilforpacifists - Goodreads

This book consists of largely Reagan's 1970s radio scripts, found written in his own hand on stacks of legal paper--this was pre Peggy Noonan. Back then, he had a 3 minute spot to talk about any topic ... Read full review

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User Review  - empress8411 - LibraryThing

One of the best collections of quotes by this great American. A must read for all history buffs. An excellent supplement to any biography of him. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
Introduction
A Note on Editorial Methods
Part OneREAGANS PHILOSOPHY
Part TwoFOREIGN POLICY
COMMUNISM ASIA EUROPE AND THE SOVIET UNION
DEFENSE
FOREIGN POLICY DOUBLE STANDARDS HUMAN RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND RELIGION
ENERGY LAND AND THE ENVIRONMENT
EDUCATION
SOCIAL SECURITY AND HEALTH CARE
SOCIAL ISSUES
PERSONAL STORIES
Part FourOTHER WRITINGS
OTHER WRITINGS NOV 6 1925NOV 5 1994
APPENDIX

THE THIRD WORLD
Part ThreeDOMESTIC AND ECONOMIC POLICY
FREEDOM AND GOVERNMENT
THE ECONOMY
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX
Copyright

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Douglas Brinkley is professor of history and Baker Insti

Douglas Brinkley is professor of history and Baker Institute Fellow at Rice University. He is the author of numeroustute Fellow at Rice University. He is the author of numerous bestselling books including "The Unfinished Presidency", "T bestselling books including "The Unfinished Presidency", "The Boys of Pointe du Hoc", and "The Great Deluge". A contribhe Boys of Pointe du Hoc", and "The Great Deluge". A contributing editor at "Vanity Fair" and the in-house historian foruting editor at "Vanity Fair" and the in-house historian for CBS News, he divides his time between Austin and Houston, T CBS News, he divides his time between Austin and Houston, Texas. exas.

Kiron K. Skinner (center) is an assistant professor of history and political science at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Hoover Institution research fellow. She is also a Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her articles have appeared in the "Wall Street Journal and National Interest." She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Anderson has been a fellow at the Hoover Inst. since 1963. She was an adviser to Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidental campaign & associate director of the Office of Management & Budget from 1981-1983.

Anderson is the Keith and Jan Hurlbut Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. After serving as Special Assistant to Richard Nixon, he was a senior policy adviser to the 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan, and served as chief domestic and economic policy adviser under President Reagan. He has a PhD in industrial management from MIT.

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