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President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination Paperback – 19 Feb 2007
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"A compelling read, fast-paced and scrupulously fair. . . . Anybody who is interested in Reagan's extraordinary presidency needs to reckon with Reeves." -- The New York Times Book Review
"Illuminating. . . . Readers are in Reeves's debt for this entertaining, deeply reported and revealing portrait of a man destined to be in death what he was in life: a figure of enduring fascination." -- Jon Meacham, The Washington Post Book World
"An invaluable contribution to our understanding of the man and his times." -- Terry Golway, New York Observer
"Reeves's President Reagan is different. It is a cogent, evenhanded, in-depth examination of the Reagan presidency. . . . A fitting reminder of a presidency that changed the world." -- Deirdre Donahue, USA Today
"Long one of America's finest political journalists, Richard Reeves's books about John Kennedy, Richard Nixon and now Ronald Reagan are indispensable reading for anyone interested in the modern U.S. presidency." -- Philip Seib, The Dallas Morning News
"Marvelous. . . . Master political journalist Richard Reeves . . . spins a fly-on-the-wall, at times day-by-day, tale of the power of one man's imagination." -- Marc Schogol, The Philadelphia Inquirer
About the Author
Richard Reeves is the author of PRESIDENT NIXON (S&S; 0743227190) and the bestseller PRESIDENT KENNEDY (Macmillan), acclaimed as the best non-fiction book of the year by Time magazine. A syndicated columnist and winner of the American Political Science Association's Carey McWilliams Prize, he lives in New York.
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The title sets out the scope of this tome. It is, first, about President Reagan. It is not a whole life biography. His pre-White House life is related only in terms of explaining the source of the world view which focused Reagan's vision during his presidential years.
The theme of the book is hinted at in the subtitle "Triumph of Imagination." Throughout the book, Richard Reeves uses the concept of Imagination to describe Reagan's apparent disconnect from reality. Throughout the book Reeves implies, without actually saying, that Reagan was showing signs of Alzheimer's while serving as president. The Reagan detractor will find much "Imagination" to enjoy in the characterization of Reagan as a declining old man who imagined a world that never really existed and accomplishments that were never really achieved. These very characterizations Reaganites will find irritating. Some of these irritating observations are noted by other historians, such as Dinesh D'Souza in " Ronald Reagan: How An Ordinary Man Became An Extraordinary Leader" (see my Amazon.com review) The Reaganite, however will find much "Triumph" to appreciate. While Reagan may have deluded himself when his imagined world did not correspond perfectly with reality, he also imagined things that never were and made them happen. That is the "Triumph" in the "Triumph of Imaginations" and that, not even Richard Reeves, would dare take away from Ronald Reagan.
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