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An American Life

An American Life

Written by Ronald Reagan

Narrated by Ronald Reagan


An American Life

Written by Ronald Reagan

Narrated by Ronald Reagan

ratings:
4.5/5 (10 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Jul 1, 2004
ISBN:
9780743541534
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Ronald Reagan is an American success story. From modest beginnings in a small midwestern town to a distinguished career in films and television, he lived the American dream; as governor of California and as the century's most popular president, he embodied and revitalized the American spirit.
Now in this dramatic and revealing memoir, Ronald Reagan recounts both his life and his beliefs with uncompromising candor and his familiar wit. He discusses his decision to run for president, historic meetings with Mikhail Gorbachev and other heads of state, his frustrations in dealing with an often hostile congress, his unshakable faith in the American people and the enduring love for Nancy, who will always be his First Lady. In a moving passage, President Reagan also speaks frankly about the assassination attempt on his life and its effects on him and his family.
An American Life is a richly detailed, definitive account of a great and historic presidency and of a unique American Life -- from the man who restored America's confidence and strength and shaped the future of the world.
Released:
Jul 1, 2004
ISBN:
9780743541534
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States.


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  • (4/5)
    I continue to try to learn more about my Stone-Campbell religious heritage, and since Ronald Reagan was baptized in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dixon, Illinois, it seemed appropriate for me to choose this book to read. I am glad I did.While Reagan does not discuss his religious belief in great detail, it is clear that he was a believer, a prayer, and tried to put his faith in action as best he could. He mentions prayer numerous times, and especially after the assassination attempt, connects his role on this earth with a need to serve God. He believed that God's blessing was truly upon him, and like President Lincoln, thought it important that rather than ask God to be on his side, he wanted to be on God's side.I also appreciated learning about Regan's management style, which was a "hands off" approach. When he needed to make big decisions, he gathered input from his senior staff, listened to the pros and cons, and gave the matter thought before making the final decision. He used a team problem solving approach.I think this book would benefit anyone desiring to learn about management and leadership. It also covers a part of US and world history that saw the fall of the USSR, and much of the book discusses that topic from Reagan's perspective.Following the Prologue, the book is sectioned into six main parts:I. From Dixon to WashingtonII. The First Year, A New BeginningIII. Staying the CourseIV. The Middle East, Lebanon, GrenadaV. Iran-ContraVI. Arms Control, From Geneva to Reykjavik, Washington to MoscowEpilogueThe book includes a number of photos and is indexed.
  • (5/5)
    A spectacular offering from one of America's greatest presidents. Ronald Reagan gives us his autobiography, written with humor, humbleness, and good old-fashioned American know-how. This is an excellent book. Reagan is completely honest with his readers, telling his highest point and his lowest point, mistakes he made, and victories he won. The section about Russia makes heavy use of his personal correspondence with Gorbachev. Anyone interested in American politics, world politics, or just a great autobiography should read this.
  • (4/5)
    Reagan's autobiography reads a little like his journals, its just cleaned up a little and moves pretty fast. Written just after he left the White House, there are a few glaring omissions--his movie career is glossed over, including the wild child portion, the first wife isn't even mentioned and his kids receive no coverage. So, this is mostly about his political career and the reader can understand it's the man seeking his legacy. He does talk about his successes and political failures and spends a lot of time on Russia and little on Iran-Contra. Good primer on the political man.
  • (4/5)
    I continue to try to learn more about my Stone-Campbell religious heritage, and since Ronald Reagan was baptized in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dixon, Illinois, it seemed appropriate for me to choose this book to read. I am glad I did.While Reagan does not discuss his religious belief in great detail, it is clear that he was a believer, a prayer, and tried to put his faith in action as best he could. He mentions prayer numerous times, and especially after the assassination attempt, connects his role on this earth with a need to serve God. He believed that God's blessing was truly upon him, and like President Lincoln, thought it important that rather than ask God to be on his side, he wanted to be on God's side.I also appreciated learning about Regan's management style, which was a "hands off" approach. When he needed to make big decisions, he gathered input from his senior staff, listened to the pros and cons, and gave the matter thought before making the final decision. He used a team problem solving approach.I think this book would benefit anyone desiring to learn about management and leadership. It also covers a part of US and world history that saw the fall of the USSR, and much of the book discusses that topic from Reagan's perspective.Following the Prologue, the book is sectioned into six main parts:I. From Dixon to WashingtonII. The First Year, A New BeginningIII. Staying the CourseIV. The Middle East, Lebanon, GrenadaV. Iran-ContraVI. Arms Control, From Geneva to Reykjavik, Washington to MoscowEpilogueThe book includes a number of photos and is indexed.
  • (4/5)
    This book was delectable to me. The idealism, the good humor, the courage, the humility, and the sheer talent of this good man renewed me as I read it.
  • (4/5)
    A warm and appealing account of Ronald Reagan's life in his own words; it assumes a great deal of knowledge about the events that occurred during his presidency and while he was governor (something that might be difficult for those under the age of 21), and you can expect some of the self-promotion inherent in a politician. Despite that, however, the account gives great insight into the mind of the man who is perhaps one of the most posthumously worshipped/vilified leaders the US has ever had.The book is large but not in the least difficult to get through. It is very enlightening, both politically and personally, as Reagan details how he and Nancy met, what caused him to "convert" from the Democratic to the Republican Party, his childhood, his acting career, and his work against the Communists in Hollywood before and during his time as governor. I recommend it to anyone who doesn't howl with unchecked rage at the mention of Reagan's name.