My Father at 100: A Memoir [NOOK Book]

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“Everyone thinks he knows Ronald Reagan, but those who truly knew him best still grapple with the enduring mystery of his inner character.”

Even after his death in 2004, Ronald Reagan remains one of America’s most popular and beloved presidents, but he is also a man whom history and his own privacy have conspired to turn into a remote icon.Ron Reagan celebrates the centenary of his father’s birth by visiting the towns that shaped him to share both his own memories and a uniquely privileged portrait of a young ...
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Overview

“Everyone thinks he knows Ronald Reagan, but those who truly knew him best still grapple with the enduring mystery of his inner character.”

Even after his death in 2004, Ronald Reagan remains one of America’s most popular and beloved presidents, but he is also a man whom history and his own privacy have conspired to turn into a remote icon.Ron Reagan celebrates the centenary of his father’s birth by visiting the towns that shaped him to share both his own memories and a uniquely privileged portrait of a young “Dutch” Reagan. My Father at 100 illuminates a father, a husband, a friend, and finally a human being with his own fears and foibles, yet armed with a set of unshakeable principles that he sought to instill not only in his son, but also in the country he so fiercely loved.  


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Editorial Reviews

-Michiko Kakutani
“A deeply felt memoir." 
-Doug Wead
“A first-person view of some of the most dramatic moments in the life of the 40th president.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101475546
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/18/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,315,708
  • File size: 228 KB

Meet the Author

Ron Reagan
Ron Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. A political commentator for MSNBC, he was formerly a talk-radio host and chief political analyst for KIRO radio in Seattle and the host of Air America's The Ron Reagan Show. He has written for numerous magazines.
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This is not a political biography—that's a job best left for others. Neither does this book pretend to be an encyclopedic recounting of his entire life. It is simply my attempt to come to grips with the father with whom I grew up, with a public figure both revered and reviled and, most important, with a human being in all his stubborn enigma. Everyone thinks he knows Ronald Reagan, but those who truly knew him best still grapple with the enduring mystery of his inner character. I'm hoping that some light might penetrate that mystery if I can focus on the man I knew through the lens of his early, formative years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2010

    This Will Probably Be A Disappointment As Ron Jr. Must Have Been:

    I'm ordering this book expecting little knowing Ron Reagan Jr. has usually lived up to that standard himself. Ron Reagan Jr. gives proof to the old adage that acorns grow poorly in the shade of giant oaks.

    I loved President Reagan and dare any reader to go a single day without hearing him lauded in connection with his achievements or philosophy. He changed this country in a profound way that has and will continue to last for decades. Unfortunately as with many fathers their offspring reject what loving guidance is offered only to grow older and learn for themselves the wisdom that comes with age, Ron Reagan Jr. never learns. He as with his sister have floundered trying desperately to make an income off of the fame of their father. This appears to be just another attempt. I bought the book thinking that if Ronald Reagan could live with his disappointments, surely I can live with this small one.

    I suggest people buy this book and deduct it on their income tax as a charitable donation in honor of President Reagan. I look forward to Ron's next book, "My Father At 105", if he doesn't starve to death first.

    16 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    highly recommended

    ron reagan exposes some of the reasons his father was so popular all the while cheating the middle class at the expence of the wealthy and why many of those who were negativly impacted loved him. also explains why his father was the godfather of defecit spending. reagan being one of the most damaging presidents to labor and poor alike a robin hood in reverse if you will did so much damage to the very people who loved him he was indeed the great communicator.

    9 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2011

    Kala

    It is so sad to see a desperate and insecure son slander the memory of one of the greatest Americans in our history. Ron Reagan desrves our pity not a read of his childish agression.

    9 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2011

    Don't waste your money

    I was greatly disappointed with this book. The writer, using the term loosely) used his fathers name to sell his own left-leaning ideas. A book written by Ron Reagan Jr. would not sell ten copies at a dollar a copy at the local flea market without his fathers name on the cover. After reading about half the book I discarded it as pure hog wash. Ron, Jr. should stick with his purple and pink tutu and leave the real writers to write about the life of one of the greatest Americans of our time.

    8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Don't review before reading!

    Has anyone actually read this book? Why would you bother reviewing a book you have not read? Ronald Reagan is one of my idols and I personally think that Ron Reagan Jr. is a lunkhead, but even he deserves a fair hearing. I recently purchased this book and I plan to reserve judgment until after reading it. This all tool common practice of giving books bad reviews before reading them has to stop whether from the right or the left!

    8 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2011

    Easy target when you're dead

    Well, I have yet to read the book, mostly because I won't satisfy Loser Ron with any of my dollars. I find it interesting though...that "Taxmule" sure had enjoyment reading the book, but yet he can't spell worth beans. Which makes me doubt his ability to even understand politics or economics. Maybe he should get a beginning reader first..then move on to a REAL Reagan book. Ron, Jr. was always an unhappy kid..and surely wants to have some input/coverage in the spotlight...so he's telling stories like he was beaten with metal hangers. (Taxmule, do you know what connection that is?) I'll wait for Ron, Jr.'s book on Nancy...cause you know he'll come out with one of those too when she passes.

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2011

    Well I read it.. But you don't need to

    240 pages of pure bravo sierra.

    7 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    poor Ron Jr...

    after reading the synopsis..and the reviews both poor and good...I will NOT be buying the book...Ron Reagan Jr talks like a TRUE Liberal and now tries to write like a True Liberal. He is "riding" on the name..Reagan and seems to be a "user" of the name. MSNBC deserves his one-sided views . President Reagan was a fine man, a good President and doens't deserve this kind of treatment from his left-wing son. Its too bad people like RonJr. jump on the book writing band wagon AFTER the death of a loved one..Good Luck Ron jr.

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2011

    Read it first-before you judge

    My Father at 100 and its author have received a lot of criticism for being disrespectful to President Reagan, but I found that many of those who bashed the book refused to read it. My Father at 100, shows the private life of a very public and idealized man. While some see the author as a radical liberal out to destroy his father's legacy, I see him as a son who researched his father's past and connects it with the man he knew and love. Considering their differences, which where many, as the juinor Reagan is a liberal, athesist, and former ballet dancer, there is slight hostility towards his father, but there is also love and admiration. The majority of the book traces the Reagan family's Irish roots and the President's childhood while connecting them with the author's memories. Powerful, insightful, and emotional anecdotes include when 12 year-old Ron beat his father in their routine swim races for the first time, resulting in them never racing again. The memoir faulters at the end as the author breaks from his anecdotal style to give highlights of Reagan's presidency. The latter section contains the controversial idea that Reagan had Alzheimer's during his second term. I view this as a legitimate idea, and the author presents it in the least offensive way as possible by stating that this would in no way undermine his father's accomplishments. The last section lacks the personal and emotional depth of the earlier, but overall, I found the book informative, heartwarming, interesting, and thoughtworthy. I urge those who have already formed their opinions to read it first.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    I can't believe the gall and unfairness of people who review thi

    I can't believe the gall and unfairness of people who review this book and haven't even read it. It is a deeply caring and sensitive book which made me cry. It is beautifully and lovingly written and offers useful information. I was not a political fan of the president, but I was enlightened by his son's book as to reasons why he operated as he did and was liked even by those against his policies, like me. Ron Reagan is a talented writer and man of integrity. Give him a chance to show you who he is by READING this wonderful book. I hope Ron has a long and successful career.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

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    This book.....

    At first, the first couple of pages in, I couldn't help but smile at the wonderful and sweet portrayal of his fathers, although he came across as sounding snobbish about some of the things he writes. Later in the book, I got annoyed by him constantly calling Ronald Reagan "our hero" and "hero" and sounding patronizing. I got tired of his "Let's pretend that I know what I'm talking about but make up stuff as I go along" -- like his conjecture that the reason Jack Reagan drank was because his wife was no longer giving him sex because she was overly modest and told not to have any more children, which -- let's face it -- has no basis in fact.

    The book comes across as snobbish and mean, mostly because he seems to make some of it up as he goes along.

    There are good points in this book, the stories that no one else can really tell about Ronald Reagan are pretty good, they bring an intimate look to the type of father that Ronnie was, which to me was worth the purchase. That said, there are so many condescending, snobbish things written in the book, that many times you will just have to walk away from it and come back to it later, and maybe even skip a few pages.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2012

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    Ron Reagan celebrates the centenary of his father's birth by tak

    Ron Reagan celebrates the centenary of his father's birth by taking us on a trip to the small towns that made his father the man we know as one of the most beloved presidents in history. Ron traveled to these towns and shares his experiences along with many stories he heard his father tell over the years.

    The journey before Hollywood, Sacramento and Washington D.C. that shaped Ronald Reagan into the man we got to know later in his life when he hit the public spotlight.

    Dollycas's Thoughts

    The love Ron Reagan has for his father just flows off these pages. He takes us back in time and shares with us the life of Ronald Reagan from the very start.

    This is not a book about Ronald Reagan the politician or Ronald Reagan the actor although a bit of that is mentioned. This is a story of Ronald "Dutch" Reagan, the boy, the young man, and how his life growing up in Illinois brought him to be the man we came to know as an actor, a Governor and a President, from the very beginning when his ancestors came to the United States. Ronald Reagan, the child of a what would be called today a dysfunctional family became a local hero, the lifeguard and the football player. A man who even when everything was against him he always tried to do what was right. He set a very high standard for himself and while like all of us, he had is faults, he tried to be the best he could be every day and in every way.

    This book is a loving tribute by a son about his father. Ron Jr. admits he didn't completely understand his father and wishes he would have listened closer to his dad's stories and spent more time talking about the past before the Alzheimer's started to take over. I think this book turned in a different direction than what was originally planned. He may have had some unresolved conflict he needed to work out after his dad passed away. Not only did the readers learn much about Ronald "Dutch" Reagan but the author did as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    Interesting...

    ...that there are negative reviews from conservatives who admit that they haven't read the book.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2013

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    Not a book for Reagan admirers! Most of the book had a "Po

    Not a book for Reagan admirers! Most of the book had a "Poor Me" kind of attitude. It was like he went out of his way to bad mouth and dirty his father's reputation. He questioned the motives and validity of all of Ronald Reagan's accomplishments. Do yourself a favor and put this book back on the shelf (where it belongs).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Ron just trying to get money

    Michael is the best son

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    Trading in on the family name

    Stick with the other son - Michael.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Reading this as an 18 year old that was born after Ronald Regan&

    Reading this as an 18 year old that was born after Ronald Regan’s presidency was really interesting and I liked learning about Ronald Regan’s life. Reading about Ronald’s past from Ron’s point of view was really appealing. I loved reading about Ronald Regan’s past and history. The fact that Ron traveled to learn about his father really hit home with me. This book seemed to really look at Ron and Ronald’s relationship. Regan, an enormous figure, is humanized into a father who cared about his family. I was in tears when Ronald died and would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about his history.
    The photos that came with the book put faces with people that I read about. They are poignant and nostalgic; I greatly appreciated their presence. I now plan to read more about America’s presidents.

    The only real flaw I noticed in this novel was the lack of focus at times. Ron seemed to lose focus or lapse into a side note that was unrelated to a previous topic. My Father at 100 earns four out of five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Doug Wead of the Washington Post said it perfectly. " I s

    Doug Wead of the Washington Post said it perfectly. " I should say that Ron's sarcasm and ability to invoke nostalgia grow on you, and they eventually seduce." At first, I was put off by Ron, Jr.'s accounts of the Reagan brothers' early years...but by the end, I was crying in my soup. I listened to this book and wished I'd had the pictures from the print edition. Now I'm off to see if I can find them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2011

    just asking

    why do you think he has a unhappy life? maybe in his opinoin his father was very i dont know mean? and so what let his feelings out so point is that its our opinion that he is a sick man for writting this book. But ovuiosly some of us didnt meet him when his father was bieng himself at home. so before you trash stuff you should get yoir facts staright. i didnt read it. d i am not planning on to either not because of the reveiws because im 11 and i feel very strongly about this.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2011

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