"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
It was during Reagan's administration that the U.S. policy of detente towards the Soviet Union switched to a more forceful stance, hastening the end of the Cold War and the liberation of much of Eastern Europe. His goal was peace through strength. "The Great Communicator" died after a long illness. As death came on, his memory faded, but the words that he had written years before preserve his thoughts and deeds, as do the writings of his family, staff, and political rivals.
By Harry Benson, photographer
As the Reagans' favorite photographer, Harry Benson has long enjoyed a special relationship with the former first family, photographing them numerous times for Life and Vanity Fair magazines. His photographs of the couple, taken at the White House and at the Reagans' homes and ranches, are intimate and appealing records of a happy and fulfilling marriage. Recently, Nancy Reagan invited Benson to photograph the couple together one last time, a bittersweet occasion given the former president's Alzheimer's Disease. That portrait and others spanning nearly 40 years are gathered together in this book.
"A professor of history offers an illuminating look at Reaganism as an American phenomenon. Schaller shows how Reagan created an illusion of national prosperity and global power when these were in fact declining, and he examines Reaganomics, the rise of political Christianity, the war on drugs, relations with the Soviet Union, and more."
Interviews with more than 100 cabinet members, international leaders, and former presidents Bush and Ford clarify the circumstances of the fall of the Soviet Union, along with other highlights of the Reagan presidency.
"Ronald Reagan may have been may have been the most prolific correspondent of any American president since Thomas Jefferson. The total number of letters written over his lifetime probably exceeds 10,000. Their breadth is equally astonishing - with friends and family, with politicians, children, and other private citizens, Reagan was as dazzling a communicator in letters as he was in person. Collectively, his letters reveal his character and thinking like no other source. He made candid, considerate, and tough statements that he rarely made in a public speech or open forum."
Both before, during, and after his presidency, Reagan was a prolific writer. This collection gives a window on his thoughts and shows consistencies between his beliefs, his plans, and his policies.
Also available in large print.
Drawing on interviews with both leaders and their key advisors, the author traces the close political partnership between Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher and how that partnership influenced world events.
Cannon draws on his twenty-five years of experience covering the Ronald Reagan as well as interviews with Mr. Reagan and his associates to produce a portrait that depicts the former president's virtues as well as his flaws.
This is generally considered to be the definitive biography of Ronald Reagan.
"No matter what else was going on in his life or where he was--travelling to make movies for G.E., in the California governor's office, at the White House, or on Air Force One, and sometimes even from across the room--Ronald Reagan wrote letters to Nancy Reagan, to express his love, thoughts, and feelings, and to stay in touch. Through letters and reflections, the characters, personalities, and private lives of a president and his first lady are revealed. Nancy Reagan comments on the letters and writes with love and insight about her husband and the many phases of their life together."
This book, one of the shorter ones on Reagan written for an adult audience, credits him with restoring American pride but has little use for Reaganomics.
Also available as an eBook.
A Pulitzer-Prize winning author with total access to the then President and his papers wrote a fascinating interpretation of Reagan's life, including his boyhood, his Hollywood days, his tremendous role in reshaping American politics, and his debilitating illness.