• Title: Ronald Reagan: The Presidential Portfolio: History as Told through the Collection of the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum
  • Author: Lou Cannon
  • Released: 2001-11-13
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 256
  • ISBN: 1891620843
  • ISBN13: 978-1891620843
  • ASIN: 1891620843
From Crowded with photographs of the grinning Gipper and accompanied by a CD of his voice, this offering from Reagan's first biographer condenses the unusual path to the White House taken by the fortieth president. Cannon concedes he has reworked previous material into the text, so readers of his President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime (1991) or the official and controversial biography Dutch by Edmund Morris (1999) will find this narrative a bit old hat, especially on the policy side. It works best as a large thumbnail sketch of the Reagan persona: sunny, optimistic, idealistic. His early life was not easy, however, and he had to persevere to break into radio amidst the Depression. Relating Reagan's occupations from Hollywood actor to GE pitchman to president, Cannon homes in on his generally acknowledged skill as a communicator, which is illustrated by facsimiles of handwritten speeches, notes for extemporaneous remarks, and cue cards for one-on-one meetings. Admirers of Reagan will be smitten by this album. Add Cannon to the canon of Reaganalia. Gilbert Taylor
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

About the Author Lou Cannon covered Ronald Reagan for thirty-five years, first as a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, later as the Washington Post White House correspondent, through today. He is the author of several books on Reagan including President Reagan, now widely regarded as the definitive biography. He is also the author of Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD and two previously published biographies of Reagan. He lives in Summerland, California.

Also in the PublicAffairs Presidential Library Series: John F. Kennedy: The Presidential Portfolio

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