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@Read Epub â An American Life · Ronald Reagan Is An American Success Story From Modest Beginnings In A Small Midwestern Town To A Distinguished Career In Films And Television, He Lived The American Dream As Governor Of California And As The Century S Most Popular President, He Embodied And Revitalized The American Spirit Now In This Dramatic And Revealing Memoir, Ronald Reagan Recounts Both His Life And His Beliefs With Uncompromising Candor And His Familiar Wit He Discusses His Decision To Run For President, Historic Meetings With Mikhail Gorbachev And Other Heads Of State, His Frustrations In Dealing With An Often Hostile Congress, His Unshakable Faith In The American People And The Enduring Love For Nancy, Who Will Always Be His First Lady In A Moving Passage, President Reagan Also Speaks Frankly About The Assassination Attempt On His Life And Its Effects On Him And His Family An American Life Is A Richly Detailed, Definitive Account Of A Great And Historic Presidency And Of A Unique American Life From The Man Who Restored America S Confidence And Strength And Shaped The Future Of The World This was a good laugh It was required college reading. Great book detailing the life of one of America s greatest Presidents
This book almost brings a tear to my eye In his own words, one of Americas greatest presidents describes how his love for his country and his fellow man led him to run for the California Governorship and later the Presidency.If you are a patriot, a conservative, or just all around sensible, this book will sadden you To see how quickly the progress made by the Reagan administration has been trampled over and discarded is painful The America Ronald Reagan once helped shape is quickly being replaced by the tumorous growth of a beaurocracy that can not possibly sustain itself lest the American people continue to vote their freedom away squandering any chance that their grandchildren will live free.Kinda makes you want to run outside and punch a hippie. I had barely turned two years of age when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as the fortieth President of the United States He will always be my standard for what a president should look and sound like, because he was the first one I had Still, I am a moderate liberal and have many criticisms of Mr Reagan s domestic policies Here are the pros, cons and final assessment of this fascinating memoirs.The ProsMr Reagan earned his moniker, The Great Communicator He is a natural storyteller, and there were many passages I read where I could practically hear him reading to me The pace is quick and, unlike Bill Clinton s My Life, Reagan wisely refrains from name checking everyone whose hand he ever shook on the campaign trail An American Life is organized thematically rather than chronologically, meaning it s fairly simple to follow any one subject through from its origins to either its conclusion or, at least, its state as of the writing of this book Given the sporadic nature of diplomatic progress, a purely chronological account would have been a nightmare to read Reagan s language is very simple and accessible, and he frequently cites his own expansive journal entries, as well as letters written to and from Mikhail Gorbachev among others The most successful part of the book is that Reagan, in his own words, makes a legitimate argument for his perspective on things As a child of the 80s, I saw the world very differently than did my president It was nice to read for myself why he felt the way he did about certain issues, and what his intentions were.The ConsThe book feels comprehensive unless you pay enough attention, or happen to have knowledge of events outside the scope of the book The first 200 plus pages are dedicated to Mr Reagan s life prior to becoming president They often touch on his family, but it appears that by the time he was convinced to run for governor of California, his family all but disappears from the narration It very subtly suggests an image of a man who became increasingly insulated from the rest of the world everyone except the First Lady and his Secretary of State I would have liked to read him at least acknowledge some of the unintended negative consequences of his policies such as the reduction of funding to help mentally and emotionally disturbed poor stay in treatment centers , and this is absent entirely In fact, Reagan does not seem interested in, or perhaps even capable of, admitting to anything negative how else could the man who was president at the time of the first identified case of HIV AIDS go an entire 726 pages and not mention it at all As a Democrat, I was also disappointed to read Mr Reagan s characterization of my side of the political spectrum For a man whose legacy is built on his ability to relate to opponents as people, and to work on building support through emphasizing humanity, it is remarkable to read the absolute disdain he held for his political opposition in Washington He mentions Democrats several times, but never does he discuss any kind of effort at cooperating with them He doesn t even try to suggest that they rebuffed his overtures they re simply working entirely to defeat his every, well intentioned act as president, and he takes his case to the people to put enough pressure on them to get his way How could the same man that dedicated himself to establishing historic arms reduction agreements with the U.S.S.R not do to get along with his own government The Bottom LineI have come away from An American Life feeling that I better understand Mr Reagan s motives as president I no longer regard him as uncaring, hiding anti poor racist rich, old white man ism behind the rhetoric of conservatism and states s rights I believe now that he did not intend any of the at times cruel consequences of his presidency For those who were already fans of Mr Reagan, this book is a given For those like me, who were not, I still recommend taking the opportunity to read his side of things I haven t abandoned my ideals, but I have asked new questions of them and that is the essence of An American Life.