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Ronald Reagan: A Twentieth-Century Life
     

Ronald Reagan: A Twentieth-Century Life

by James B. Sutherland
 

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Ronald Reagan was a Hollywood actor turned Republican politician known for his sunny optimism and gifted salesmanship. He entered the White House in 1981, a time when many Americans were wondering if their country's best days were behind them. But things had changed by the time he left office--the economy was thriving and the Cold War was coming to a close.

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Ronald Reagan was a Hollywood actor turned Republican politician known for his sunny optimism and gifted salesmanship. He entered the White House in 1981, a time when many Americans were wondering if their country's best days were behind them. But things had changed by the time he left office--the economy was thriving and the Cold War was coming to a close.

The child of an alcoholic, he was an intensely private man, yet he was so charming that he routinely befriended even his enemies. Reagan was both a complex man and political figure, and his legacy strongly influences politics today.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Nancy K. Wallace
These concise "Up Close Biographies" profile the lives of key twentieth-century people in the world of sports, the arts, politics, and science. These books, which each contain ten to sixteen chapters, comprise a series that is appropriate for ages twelve and older, but some titles may appeal to younger readers. The volume about Ronald Reagan is a success. Reagan came from a struggling family and grew up with an alcoholic parent. Readers never lose sight of the humanity behind the man as he is propelled to the top, first as an actor and then as a public speaker and a politician. The prose is direct and uncomplicated, with major events such as the Iran-Contra Scandal and the fall of the Soviet Union explained intelligently and without bias. Reviewer: Nancy K. Wallace

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440634741
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/04/2008
Series:
Penguin Up Close Series
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
762,982
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

James Sutherland was a political reporter for a national news magazine for eight years, covering George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential election and the subsequent recount, the September 11, 2001, attacks, and Senator John Edward's presidential campaign. He is now a freelance writer and lives with his wife in Brooklyn.

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