Historic Photos of Ronald Reagan

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596524361
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: Historic Photos Series
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Stephen Whitney began his publishing career as a teenage intern reporter at Athol Daily News in his native Massachusetts, the highlight of which was covering a re-election campaign stop of Senator Edward W. Brooke. Whitney earned a degree in communication at DePauw University, working on Senator Richard G. Lugar's 1976 campaign during that time. He studied law at Western New England College where he met his wife, Cathy Okrent, an attorney and author.
An award-winning senior editor at Thomson spanning three decades, Whitney has published hundreds of best-selling titles in law, criminal justice, sociology, and education. Now Whitney joins authors Stacy A. Cordery, Matthew Gilmore, Larry Johnson, and Dana Lombardy in Turner Publishing's historic photos series featuring presidents Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Whitney lives near the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum in Ventura County, California, with his wife and daughters, Diana and Lisa.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2010

    Historic Photos of Ronald Reagan

    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.

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

    Poignant but Balanced History of Ronald Reagan and America in the 20th Century

    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.<BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>This book is an important contribution to the understanding of American history and Ronald Reagan¿s role in shaping America.

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