Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 23, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
The diplomat Clare Booth Luce once remarked that history, which has no room for clutter, will recall every President with only one line. In this original and highly acclaimed portrait, conservative scholar Dinesh D'Souza argues that Reagan will be remembered as 'the man whose policies ended the Cold War and revived the economy and the American spirit.' Confounding many contemporary historians and pundits who dismiss Reagan, D'Souza shows that Reagan was a visionary whose policies laid the groundwork for the extraordinary economic times we live in today. With inside access to Reagan's family and friends, Hollywood figures, and politicians from all sides of the spectrum, this book offers an honest and thoughtful assessment of how this underestimated president became a truly extraordinary leader.
 

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This is one of the best biographical books I've ever read. By the end it had accomplished something all such books should aspire to; to make you feel as though you have spent time with the subject ... Read full review

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How people regard this biography seems to reflect how they regard the subject. That's rather understandable. I think it's far too early really to evaluate Reagan (or Carter or Clinton) very ... Read full review

Contents

The Wise Men and the Dummy
1
Why Reagan Gets No Respect
7
The Education of an Actor
33
Mr Reagan Goes to Washington
57
A Walk on the Supply Side
85
They Dont Call It Reaganomics Anymore
109
Confronting the Evil Empire
129
Making the World Safe for Democracy
149
And the Wall Came Tumbling Down
173
The Man Behind the Mask
199
Spirit of a Leader
227
The Road Not Taken
257
NOTES
265
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Dinesh D'Souza, a research scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, served as Senior Domestic Policy Analyst in the Reagan White House from 1987 to 1988. He is the bestselling author of Illiberal Education and The End of Racism. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area with his wife, Dixie, and his daughter, Danielle.

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