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  • Author:
    Ronald Reagan
  • ISBN:
    0743400259
  • ISBN13:
    978-0743400251
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  • Publisher:
    Gallery Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Pages:
    752 pages
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    Leaders & Notable People
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An American Life is the 1990 autobiography of former American President Ronald Reagan, ghostwritten by Robert Lindsey. Released almost two years after Reagan left office, the book reached number eight on The New York Times Best Seller list.

An American Life is the 1990 autobiography of former American President Ronald Reagan, ghostwritten by Robert Lindsey. Released almost two years after Reagan left office, the book reached number eight on The New York Times Best Seller list

An American Life book.

An American Life book. The former president relates the story of his public and private.

Its significance over the years will only increase, as we look to the past to learn about the future. This item: An American Life: Ronald Reagan.

An american life: the Reagan. p. cm. Includes index. 2. Presidents-United States-Biography. Photo 1: AP/Wide World Photos; Photo 2: Ronald Reagan Home Preservation Foundation; Photo 3: 1926 Dixonian; Photos 5, 7, and 8: Reagan Family Collection; Photo 6: Photo courtesy of The Dixon Telegraph; Photos 9 and 10: Gene Trindl/Shooting Star; Photo 11: Michael Evans photo. She will always be my first Lady. I cannot imagine life without her. Acknowledgments.

Ronald Reagan’s autobiography is a work of major historical importance. Here, in his own words, is the story of his life-public and private-told in a book both frank and compellingly readable

Ronald Reagan’s autobiography is a work of major historical importance. Here, in his own words, is the story of his life-public and private-told in a book both frank and compellingly readable. Few presidents have accomplished more, or been so effective in changing the direction of government in ways that are both fundamental and lasting, than Ronald Reagan. Certainly no president has more dramatically raised the American spirit, or done so much to restore national strength and self-confidence. Here, then, is a truly American success story-a great and inspiring one.

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1911 - 2004 Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911. He worked his way through Eureka College, where he studied economics and sociology. After graduation, he became a radio sports announcer for WOC, a small radio station in Davenport, Iowa. Reagan enlisted in the Army Reserve.

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Yet, in a book about his life, Ronald Reagan wrote that he never felt poor. The two men debated on national television. Ronald Reagan spoke directly and simply to the American people and asked them some questions: RONALD REAGAN: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?

Yet, in a book about his life, Ronald Reagan wrote that he never felt poor. He was good at sports, especially football. During the summers, he was a lifeguard at a local swimming pool. He reportedly rescued many people from drowning. Ronald Reagan said there was a feeling of security throughout his childhood. But it was not perfect. His father was dependent on alcohol.

In this remarkable autobiography, Ronald Reagan presents a definitive personal account of his historic presidency. With uncompromising candor, modesty, and wit, he tells the story of his life -- public and private -- and reveals the events that shaped his reluctant candidacy and the decision-making process that led to his first nomination; the unseen dangers of Gorbachev's first visit to America; startling facts about top-secret meetings involving heads of state; his frustrations with Congress; and his relationships with the members of his Cabinet. Here are the behind-the-scenes details of the great themes and dramatic crises marking Reagan's eight years in office, from Lebanon to Grenada, from the struggle to achieve arms control to tax reform, and his unprecedented personal diplomacy with major foreign leaders. His narrative is full of new insights and often surprising revelations regarding his innermost feelings about life in the White House, the assassination attempt, his family -- and the enduring love between him and his wife Nancy. An American Life is an inspiring American success story, a brilliant self-portrait, and a compelling and significant work of history.

Ieregr
These were Reagan's own words - much better than Killing Reagan by O'Reilly, who made him out to be weak and ineffective for much of his administration. It was Reagan who turned the economy around - Bill Clinton's administration only benefited by following Reagan's policies because he had no choice, thanks to a Republican Congress.
Wiliniett
Although Ronald Reagan created most of this autobiography through taped conversations with another writer, the book is awesome because you get the impression that Reagan is speaking directly to you--which was exactly the intent of his speeches and broadcasts while he was alive. The reader is part of a fascinating journey, that of an entirely human and highly principled man that lives the American Dream while remaining true to himself and his God. There are many other biographies of Reagan out there, but they will not move a reader as this one does, because these are Reagan's own thoughts in a style that mirrors, as closely as possible, the communication style of the President and private citizen loved by many.

The highlight of the book comes in its last third, which chronicles President Reagan's relationship with Mikhail Gorbachev. If for no other reason, buy this book to see how a tough-minded, judicious American President was able to negotiate with the highest-ranking member of the now defunct Soviet Union one-on-one. When I re-read it, it makes me proud to come from the United States and to have lived during the Reagan Era.
doesnt Do You
Fantastic book that gives insight into the life and leadership of the man who saved us from the Cold War. I wish I had known what a great president he was but I was just a little young to understand how special Reagan's views were. None after him can hold a candle to this man who had a deep and profound Conservative awakening after once being a Hollywood liberal. Americans regained freedom, national, and economic security under Reagan. I'm pleased to say my son his now reading this book - if only we could teach the next generation the importance of small government and personal responsibility.
Drelahuginn
Reagan's autobiography is a must read for anyone seeking to better understand the 40th president. The writing is clear and flowing. The book provides a fascinating look at Reagan's early life, growing up in Illinois, finding work during the Great Depression as a radio announcer and later actor, and ultimately becoming a TV personality and actor's guild labor union leader. The bulk of the book covers the core issues of his presidency - fighting inflation, supply-side economics, Iran-Contra, and negotiating an end through the Cold War via "peace through strength". I would have liked to read more about his family life; his children are rarely mentioned and his first marriage - which lasted nine years - is hardly discussed. Another minor criticism: in the later half of the book, while discussing his two terms as president, letters or speeches are often quoted at length. This is sometimes useful for the reader, but at times I felt that correspondence between Reagan and others - particularly his Soviet counterparts - could have been summarized rather then quoted in their entirety.
Inerrace
I'm not reviewing the guy's life, just the book. Nicely written autobiography with the right amount of personal reflection and consideration of decisions as he went through life. Not overly detailed, or obsessive about perfect writing (looking at you Thatcher's autobiography), so it reads as though a person is talking to you. Could have been a little more detailed and offered humility with certain poor decisions.
Cktiell
President Reagan was in office in my young days from times I do not remember to the edge of what I can recall.

It was somehow comforting to hear his voice and the message he gave in his audio book reminded me that America is something to be proud of, not to be apologized for around the world.

While short (3 CD's) the fact that it was written and read in the audio CD by the President himself made this a very informative, inspiring and encouraging experience.

We need someone with the honesty, a good heart, well intentioned, and believing in the people of America and that our time is not over as the leader of the free world but is only beginning. Who can master communication as well as he did, and to capture not only our minds and logic but our hearts as well.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in history and the presidency during Ronald Reagan's era. Five stars, without hesitation.

(I only wished it was longer!)