President Reagan: The Role Of A Lifetime

President Reagan: The Role Of A Lifetime

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by Lou Cannon
     
 

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Hailed by The New York Times as "the best study of that enigmatic presidency," Lou Cannon's President Reagan remains the definitive account of our most significant presidency in the last fifty years. Only veteran journalist Lou Cannon, who covered Reagan for more than twenty-five years, can take us deep behind the scenes of the oval office. In this thoroughly revised… See more details below

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Hailed by The New York Times as "the best study of that enigmatic presidency," Lou Cannon's President Reagan remains the definitive account of our most significant presidency in the last fifty years. Only veteran journalist Lou Cannon, who covered Reagan for more than twenty-five years, can take us deep behind the scenes of the oval office. In this thoroughly revised and updated paperback edition, Cannon reveals the true nature of the man behind the performer, the life behind the legend.

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Library Journal
No journalist enjoys a closer working relationship with Ronald Reagan, his friends, and advisors than Cannon, who has covered the Reagan beat for a quarter of a century. Combining scores of interviews, including three with Reagan, with authoritative journalism, Cannon has written what may be the best contemporary political history of the Reagan years. Unlike most modern presidents whose frame of reference is analytical and political, Cannon reveals how Reagan was shaped by his acting career. Far from being a Hollywood refugee, Reagan is credited with reviving national confidence and not being the demagogue that his opponents perceived him to be. While Reagan succeeded at establishing the national agenda, numerous ethical scandals, the savings and loan debacle, and the unraveling of foreign policy proved the presidency to be beyond Reagan's abilities. Transcending the many self-serving kick-and-tell potboilers, Cannon's absorbing, informative account will be the basis for all future studies. Highly recommended for most public and academic libraries.-- Karl Helicher, Upper Marion Township Lib., King of Prussia, Pa.
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New York Times, January 9, 2011
“Authoritative… If Obama actually read Cannon, his comeback could have legs. It’s full of leadership lessons that will be particularly useful in outfoxing political adversaries who seem not to have consulted so much as a picture book about the president they claim as their patron saint.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786724178
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
08/04/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
920
Sales rank:
353,677
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Lou Cannon covered Ronald Reagan for more than twenty-five years, first as a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and later as the Washington Post White House correspondent. Cannon is the author of two previously published books on Reagan and, most recently, Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD. He lives in Summerland, California, just five miles outside of Santa Barbara.

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