My Father at 100: A Memoir

My Father at 100: A Memoir

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by Ron Reagan
     
 

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February 6, 2011, is the one hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. To mark the occasion, Ron Reagan has written My Father at 100, an intimate look at the life of his father—one of the most popular presidents in American history—told from the perspective of someone who knew Ronald Reagan better than any advisor, friend, or colleague. As

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February 6, 2011, is the one hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. To mark the occasion, Ron Reagan has written My Father at 100, an intimate look at the life of his father—one of the most popular presidents in American history—told from the perspective of someone who knew Ronald Reagan better than any advisor, friend, or colleague. As he grew up under his father's watchful gaze, he observed the very qualities that made the future president a powerful leader. Yet for all of their shared experiences of horseback rides and touch football games, there was much that Ron never knew about his father's past, and in My Father at 100 he sets out to understand this beloved, if often enigmatic, figure who turned his early tribulations into a stunning political career.

Since his death in 2004, President Reagan has been a galvanizing force that personifies the values of an older America and represents an important era in national history. Ron Reagan traces the sources of these values in his father's early years and offers a heartfelt portrait of a man and his country—and his personal memories of the president he knew as "Dad."

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.”
From the Publisher
“A deeply felt memoir."  — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“A first-person view of some of the most dramatic moments in the life of the 40th president.” — Doug Wead, The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441771834
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
01/18/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
6

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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.

Meet the Author

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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My Father at 100 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Patch13 More than 1 year ago
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.
morgansvoice More than 1 year ago
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.
yellowroseNC More than 1 year ago
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.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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.
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Mcfan97 More than 1 year ago
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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Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
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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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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