Exit with Honor: The Life and Presidency of Ronald Reagan

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M.E. Sharpe, May 8, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography
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Few presidents have sparked as much interest in recent years as Ronald Reagan, already the subject of a large number of biographies and specialized studies. This concise biography, based on the latest research into the Reagan archives and synthesis of the large memoir literature that has appeared in the past decade, explores the shaping of his values and beliefs during his childhood in the American heartland, his leadership of the American conservative movement, and his successful political career culminating in the first two-term presidency since Dwight Eisenhower. Pemberton finds Reagan's personal career and ability to understand and communicate with the American people admirable, but finds many of the long-term effects of his presidency harmful. This is the first complete survey of Reagan's life for a general audience, and the first book to make use of the Reagan Library archival sources.
 

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Presidential biographies don't get better than this one. In ten comprehensive chapters, historian Pemberton, the author of previous biographies of Harry Truman and George Bush, covers the life and ... Read full review

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Feeds into the cult of Reagan. Makes him sound brilliant in the ways of business and politics, yet naive and innocent in the ways of corruption. Total garbage.

Contents

Growing Up in the Heartland 19111937
3
Finding Fame and Fortune in Hollywood 19371966
21
The Turn toward Conservatism 19471980
44
Governing California 19671974
64
Changing the National Agenda 1981
85
Managing Big Government 19811985
105
Facing Defeats Winning Victories 19821989
125
Engaging the Soviets 19811985
149
Coping with Scandal Exiting with Honor 19851989
172
Evaluating Reagan
198
Notes
215
Bibliography
259
Index
283
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