The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan

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Ronald Reagan is more than a revered and popular president--he is a hero to millions, beloved as a persuasive leader who inspired America and shaped the future more than any other modern president. Reagan's everyman insight--stemming from his unique background as actor, sports broadcaster, and labor leader--make him America's most quotable president. In The Wit & Wisdom of Ronald Reagan, author James C. Humes brings together the best observations and opinions of the "Great Communicator." Spanning one-liners,...
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Ronald Reagan is more than a revered and popular president--he is a hero to millions, beloved as a persuasive leader who inspired America and shaped the future more than any other modern president. Reagan's everyman insight--stemming from his unique background as actor, sports broadcaster, and labor leader--make him America's most quotable president. In The Wit & Wisdom of Ronald Reagan, author James C. Humes brings together the best observations and opinions of the "Great Communicator." Spanning one-liners, anecdotes, zingers, and little-known stories, this collection also includes commentary about Reagan from friends and foes as well as analysis of his great speeches. The Wit & Wisdom of Ronald Reagan is an exceptional tribute to America's adored fortieth president.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596980457
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/6/2007
  • Pages: 222
  • Sales rank: 412,060
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES C. HUMES is a former presidential speechwriter whose words have helped create some of the most memorable moments in history. Before his speechwriting career, he represented the U.S. State Department in lectures on American government all over the world. He has served as a communications advisor to major U.S. corporations, including IBM and DuPont. He is the author of twenty-three other books, including Confessions of a White House Ghostwriter (Regnery) and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Churchill: Speaker of the Century. A widely sought speaker across the country, he lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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A sample of Reagan's wit & wisdom

Reagan on Taxes:

"The taxpayer-that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take a civil service exam."

Reagan on the Cold War:

"We win; they lose."

Reagan on Welfare:

"I think the best possible social program is a job."

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Michael Reagan     X
Reagan's Wisdom: Memorable and insightful Reagan quotations     1
Reagan's Wit: His jokes, one-liners, and humorous turns of phrase     33
Reagan's Saints and Sinners: Reagan on the leading men and women of his time and all time     53
Reagan's Friends and Foes: Reagan in the words of his contemporaries     69
Reagan's Curiosities: Intrigues and trivia     87
Reagan's Zingers: The stories behind his most memorable lines     119
Reagan's Yarns and Tales: Entertaining stories by and about the man     133
Reagan's Speeches: His greatest orations examined     177
Acknowledgments     209
Index     211
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