Historic Photos of Ronald Reaganby Jay Stephen Whitney
The popularity of great Americans frequently simmers before it boils, but the nation’s 40th President heard the kettle whistling from early in his administration. Ronald Reagan came to office in 1981 determined to face head-on foes of the great American experiment. He departed in 1989 adored by millions of fellow citizens and admired even by political… See more details below
The popularity of great Americans frequently simmers before it boils, but the nation’s 40th President heard the kettle whistling from early in his administration. Ronald Reagan came to office in 1981 determined to face head-on foes of the great American experiment. He departed in 1989 adored by millions of fellow citizens and admired even by political adversaries. Join Jay Stephen Whitney in this look at the life and work of Ronald Wilson Reagan through nearly 200 large-format photographs, with introductions and captions by the author, from Reagan’s infancy in 1911 through his youth, his career in television and film, the governorship of California, and his rise to the presidency. Discover why the legacy of President Reagan continues to gather momentum over twenty years after the Great Communicator left the Oval Office.
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I originally bought this piece of literature for my father. He is the kind of person that will only open up a book if it has pictures in it, so obviously this was a good choice. I got it for him for his birthday and he loved it! The pictures are of fantastic quality. The black and white photos are of particular intrigue and beauty. The one thing I loved about this book was the fact that it was not just pictures; my father actually read the information and now wants more historical reference books. How often can a picture book make a person do that! I was very satisfied with my purchase and the quality of the hard-backed book.
This is much more than a pictorial biography of our 40th president, Ronald Reagan. It is a rich, robust, and textured history of the 20th century. It is a book that explores the political, social, entertainment, diplomatic, and military world. If pictures are worth a thousand words, then the nearly 200 photos in this fine book tells a balanced story of how America¿s place in the world evolved during the post WWII era and how an iconic figure like Reagan was a key player in that evolution. The sequence and selection of specific photos and the context setting captions from the author tells the nuanced story of Reagan¿s life from his birth on February 6, 1911 to his early days as an athlete, radio announcer, and actor to his life as a union leader and governor to his role in energizing the conservatie movement to his election to the presidency, and ending with his death on June 5, 2004.
Some of my favorite photos in this book are Captain R.W. Reagan during WWII; Reagan¿s congressional testimony in 1947; Reagan greeting Joe Dimaggio; Reagan cutting in on Frank Sinatra, who was dancing with his wife Nancy; Reagan and Nancy in the hospital less than a week following the attempted assassination; Reagan with the troops at the Korean DMZ; and Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate. The reader is bound to respond to these images and the others in the book emotionally: from awe and amusement, to pride and respect, to the occasional annoyance and even anger.
The author makes a unique contribution to the study of the Reagan presidency that the other biographers before him missed. The President was a fan of political cartoons. The White House press office collected them each Friday and shared them with Reagan. The collection was known as the ¿Friday Follies¿ and many are included in this volume. Since many of them are not favorable of Reagan, it gives an additional insight into the man.
This book is an important contribution to the understanding of American history and Ronald Reagan¿s role in shaping America.