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

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 9, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 576 pages
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During the eight years that Ronald Reagan served as president of the United States, a period of sustained economic prosperity and increased American power on the world stage, many of his advisers claimed authorship of the ideas that comprised 'the Reagan revolution.' The press, in turn, lent credence to the idea that President Reagan was merely a skilled communicator of those ideas, the consummate actor, not the director or producer. Few people realised that Reagan had left a paper trail of original writings that make clear he was the intellectual powerhouse behind his administration's landmark policies.
Hidden in archives for more than twenty years, Reagan's pre-presidential writings reveal an active mind wrestling with the problems of a sluggish economy, social pathologies, welfare, reform and the Cold War struggle with the Soviet Union.
Selected and annotated by three leading scholars, two of whom were among Reagan's principal domestic-policy advisers, these writings unlock the puzzle of the man so many historians have tried to comprehend, with so little success. A publishing landmark, REAGAN, IN HIS OWN HAND will redefine the way we think about American history of the past quarter-century, and about the fortieth American president.
  

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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

Introduction
xiii
REAGANS PHILOSOPHY
1
FOREIGN POLICY
21
COMMUNISM ASIA EUROPE AND THE SOVIET UNION
26
DEFENSE
64
FOREIGN POLICY DOUBLE STANDARDS HUMAN RIGHTS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND RELIGION
129
THE THIRD WORLD
179
DOMESTIC AND ECONOMIC POLICY
219
Return to the Primitive
428
Killed in Action
430
The Making of a Movie Star
433
Letter to the Editor of The Catholic Reporter
436
Are Liberals Really Liberal?
438
Speech
443
Letter to the Editor of the Pegasus
446
Speech on phone to YAF Convention in Houston Texas
449

FREEDOM AND GOVERNMENT
224
THE ECONOMY
254
ENERGY LAND AND THE ENVIRONMENT
318
EDUCATION
342
SOCIAL SECURITY AND HEALTH CARE
364
SOCIAL ISSUES
375
PERSONAL STORIES
409
OTHER WRITINGS NOV 6 1925NOV 5 1994
421
Halloween
423
Yale Comes Through
424
Life
426
Squall
427
Letter to Dr McDowell
453
On Portugal
456
Stump Speech Insert
457
Speech on Agriculture
466
State of the Union Speech
471
PEACE
480
Economic SpeechAddress to the Nation
487
INE Negotiations
493
Mr Minister
496
Reagans Goodbye
498
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Kiron K. Skinner is an assistant professor of history and political science at Carnegie Mellon University and a fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations.

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