Ronald Reagan

The Reagan I Knew

By William F. Buckley, Jr.

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"The late William F. Buckley Jr. offers a reminiscence of thirty years of friendship with the man who brought the American conservative movement out of the political wilderness and into the White House. Ronald Reagan and Buckley were political allies and close friends throughout Reagan's political career. They went on vacations together and shared inside jokes. Yet for all the words that have been written about him, Ronald Reagan remains an enigma. His former speechwriter Peggy Noonan called him 'paradox all the way down,' and even his son Ron Reagan despaired of ever truly knowing him. But Reagan was not an enigma to William F. Buckley Jr. They understood and taught each other for decades, and together they changed history. This book presents an American political giant as seen by another giant, who knew him perhaps better than anyone else--the most revealing portrait of Ronald Reagan the world is likely to have."

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Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended

By Jack F. Matlock, Jr.

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"... gives an eyewitness account of how the Cold War ended, with humankind declared the winner. As Reagan’s principal adviser on Soviet and European affairs, and later as the U.S. ambassador to the U.S.S.R., Matlock lived history: He was the point person for Reagan’s evolving policy of conciliation toward the Soviet Union. Working from his own papers, recent interviews with major figures, and archival sources both here and abroad, Matlock offers an insider’s perspective on a diplomatic campaign far more sophisticated than previously thought, led by two men of surpassing vision.

"Matlock details how, from the start of his term, Reagan privately pursued improved U.S.—U.S.S.R. relations, while rebuilding America’s military and fighting will in order to confront the Soviet Union while providing bargaining chips. When Gorbachev assumed leadership, however, Reagan and his advisers found a potential partner in the enterprise of peace. At first the two leaders sparred, agreeing on little. Gradually a form of trust emerged, with Gorbachev taking politically risky steps that bore long-term benefits, like the agreement to abolish intermediate-range nuclear missiles and the agreement to abolish intermediate-range nuclear missiles and the U.S.S.R.’s significant unilateral troop reductions in 1988.

"Through his recollections and unparalleled access to the best and latest sources, Matlock describes Reagan’s and Gorbachev’s initial views of each other. We learn how the two prepared for their meetings; we discover that Reagan occasionally wrote to Gorbachev in his own hand, both to personalize the correspondence and to prevent nit-picking by hard-liners in his administration. We also see how the two men were pushed closer together by the unlikeliest characters (Senator Ted Kennedy and François Mitterrand among them) and by the two leaders’ remarkable foreign ministers, George Shultz and Eduard Shevardnadze."

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Reagan: The Hollywood Years

By Marc Eliot

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Presents the early career of the Hollywood actor who became the fortieth president, covering more than thirty years of his film and television work, his two marriages, and his two runs as the president of the Screen Actors' Guild.

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Reagan

By David Ogden Stiers and David McCullough

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The story of Ronald Reagan's life, with comments by contemporaries and historians. Vol. l. Lifeguard (128 min.) -- Vol. 2. An American crusade (150 min.)

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With Reagan: The Inside Story

By Edwin Meese

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Former attorney general Edwin Meese began his political life as California Governor Reagan's legal advisor in 1966. In this memoir, he credits Reagan with the downfall of the Soviet Union as well as a surge in economic vitality in the 1980s.

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The Notes: Ronald Reagan's Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom

By Ronald Reagan

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From the bestselling editor of The Reagan Diaries come the newly disclosed notebooks of Ronald Reagan that bring to light his most intimate thoughts and favorite quotations.

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The Quotable Ronald Reagan

By Peter Hannaford, compiler and editor

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"...includes Reagan's most memorable quotations on a wide variety of topics. These quotes capture the essence of Reagan's personality, wit, and charm-demonstrating why he was called the 'great communicator.'"

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The President & Mrs. Reagan: An American Love Story

By Harry Benson, photographer

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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.

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Reckoning with Reagan: America and Its President in the 1980s

By Michael Schaller

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"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."

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Reagan: The Man and His Presidency

By Deborah Hart Strober

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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.

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