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Ronald Reagan: An American Hero Hardcover – 1 Jul 2001

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789479923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789479921
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 2.6 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,741,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
Summary: This book is a pictoral biography of President Reagan accompanied by brief essays. The photographs present the former president in his most appealing images and give the impression of a larger-than-life personality and set of accomplishments. Fans of the former president and his wife, Mrs. Nancy Reagan, will treasure this book as a keepsake.
Review: Gorgeous, glamorous photographs (usually in color) sprawl across oversize pages and portray character, emotion, and rugged handsomeness in unforgettable ways. The most magnificent ones explode across two-page spreads. The book's design is almost as fine as the photographs are, and creates the kind of fairy tale feeling that great heroes evoke in their followers. The details of the images are lovingly reproduced so that nuances of expressions and thought are obvious to the viewer. In this form, you will capture new meaning from photographs that you have seen many times before in black-and-white versions produced in smaller sizes. The photographs come with very well selected quotes that encapsulate their messages. You will enjoy reading these quotes very much.
The book is divided into the following sections: Emerging Voice; Aspiring Voice; Voice for California; Voice for America; Voice for the World; and An Enduring Voice. Each section has its own brief essays. The ones about President Reagan's youth will add details that you may be unfamiliar with. For example, there was a dangerous undertow in the swimming beach where he was a lifeguard. As a result, he had the opportunity to rescue more than 70 people over the years he worked there. Before him, no one had wanted the responsibility of guarding the beach. The personal asides are typically modest.
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Format: Hardcover
This magnificent tribute to Ronald Reagan is introduced by William Buckley Jnr and contains a foreword by Nancy Reagan. It recounts the story of this beloved leader's trials and triumphs in over 500 splendid black and white and full-color photographs of people, places, events and memorabilia.
The section An Emerging Voice deals with the years 1911 to 1932: From Dixon to the Gridiron. There are pics of Reagan as a baby, the Reagans' first home in Dixon and Reagan as a handsome youth and attractive young man.
An Aspiring Voice 1932 to 1954: Always The Performer covers the Hollywood years, his time as a broadcaster and as an actor. It includes a double page spread of movie posters from 1937 to 1964.
His years as governor of California are covered in A Voice For California 1954 to 1980: The Citizen-Politician and includes reproductions of fascinating political billboards, posters and buttons.
A Voice For America 1981 to 1984: Casting A New Vision deals with the presidential years and contains reproductions of amusing cartoons and magazine and newspaper covers. My favorite photograph here is the one of Reagan dancing with Princess Diana.
A Voice For The World 1985 to 1988: Triumph Over Evil contains many pics of world leaders, including a poignant one of Ronnie kissing Maggie. This section also contains covers of magazines like Time, Newsweek, Life, National Review and many others.
An Enduring Voice 1989 to present: A Legacy For Tomorrow deals with the twilight years and his legacy, including the presidential library. It also includes a reproduction of Reagan's handwritten note to the nation announcing his illness.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f896c54) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f7b82a0) out of 5 stars Absolutely Absorbing!!! 7 July 2001
By ZAZA SIAMASHVILI - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I will start by saying that I have to admit that I am biased while writing this review as I have been a Reagan admirer and fan for more than two decades. Especially, I am NOT an American citizen! I am from Georgia, one of the constituent republics of the former Soviet Union, i.e. Evil Empire and belong to the millions who were liberated by this Cowboy President. President Reagan is a true hero and his values, his vision and his voice always reached us. This books will absorb you by its contents and fabulous pictures. There is also an interesting thing that you will notice - the book will remind you of the published version of some video titles about Ronald Reagan!! I have every video titles about him and never get tired by watching them! Buy this book and you will be absorbed by the vision, values and goals he had set as objectives when he came to the office. You will also share the humor he always had. I have many books about him and some of them are illustrated but none of them is so exhaustive as this one. I am truly appreciative of the work the Reagan Foundation has done to publish this book. It is NOT honoring just our beloved President, it is honoring US - by keeping us aware of what we are and what we happened not to become. We got rid of so many tragedies and catasrophs, just because there was always a man who never was afraid of bear!! Thank YOU Mr. President and Thank you for those wonderful things you envisioned!!! Thank you for your ideals, for your vision and your everlasting optimism.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f975870) out of 5 stars The New American Coffee Table Centerpiece 24 Jun. 2001
By John F. Reing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This compendium of pictures and narative covers the life and times of Ronald Reagan, Americas 40th President. It is an excellent review of the many differnt stages that Ronald Reagan stood on and from which he influenced so many people. It contains pictures of Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra and many others from his Hollywood days, as well as pictures from his days as Governor and President. Of course, there's a picture or two of his soulmate Nancy. Something I found interesting was the inclusion of a page of pictures of the various political buttons and paraphenalia from his political campaigns.
There are many books published on the life and the presidency of Ronald Reagan. However, this book contains no right wing or liberal slant. It is a wonderful book for a young adult to pick up on a rainy afternoon and browse through. The changes that occurred in America and the world during Reagan's years in the White House, the love affair that Americans and others around the globe had with this charasmatic leader of the 80's, are all captured here. It brings history alive and .... it belongs on your coffe table.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f94b09c) out of 5 stars Bigger than LIfe! 9 Mar. 2002
By Jerome S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am still working my way through this marvelous collection of pictures and anecdotes. I do not usually highly rate this type of offering but this book is different. It captures President Reagan as he was, bigger than life, a true leader of men. This one wil stay on my bookshelf long after I complete reading and viewing it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fab184c) out of 5 stars Magnificent tribute in words and pictures 13 Feb. 2005
By Peter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This magnificent tribute to Ronald Reagan is introduced by William Buckley Jnr and contains a foreword by Nancy Reagan. It recounts the story of this beloved leader's trials and triumphs in over 500 splendid black and white and full-color photographs of people, places, events and memorabilia.

The section An Emerging Voice deals with the years 1911 to 1932: From Dixon to the Gridiron. There are pics of Reagan as a baby, the Reagans' first home in Dixon and Reagan as a handsome youth and attractive young man.

An Aspiring Voice 1932 to 1954: Always The Performer covers the Hollywood years, his time as a broadcaster and as an actor. It includes a double page spread of movie posters from 1937 to 1964.

His years as governor of California are covered in A Voice For California 1954 to 1980: The Citizen-Politician and includes reproductions of fascinating political billboards, posters and buttons.

A Voice For America 1981 to 1984: Casting A New Vision deals with the presidential years and contains reproductions of amusing cartoons and magazine and newspaper covers. My favorite photograph here is the one of Reagan dancing with Princess Diana.

A Voice For The World 1985 to 1988: Triumph Over Evil contains many pics of world leaders, including a poignant one of Ronnie kissing Maggie. This section also contains covers of magazines like Time, Newsweek, Life, National Review and many others.

An Enduring Voice 1989 to present: A Legacy For Tomorrow deals with the twilight years and his legacy, including the presidential library. It also includes a reproduction of Reagan's handwritten note to the nation announcing his illness.

The impressive visual history chronicled in these photographs is elucidated by the captivating text and about 200 quotes from world leaders, actors, journalists, family and friends.

The book is a stunning work of devotional art that may be opened at any page to find inspiration from the life of this great leader who revived America and whose vision led to the liberation of millions of people.

I also recommend the 5-CD set Speaking My Mind: Selected Speeches With Personal Reflections, and the books When Character Was King by Peggy Noonan and Ronald Reagan: How An Ordinary Man Became An Extraordinary Leader by Dinesh D'Souza.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f884c3c) out of 5 stars The Best Photo Album for President Reagan 26 Jun. 2001
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Summary: This book is a pictoral biography of President Reagan accompanied by brief essays. The photographs present the former president in his most appealing images and give the impression of a larger-than-life personality and set of accomplishments. Fans of the former president and his wife, Mrs. Nancy Reagan, will treasure this book as a keepsake.
Review: Gorgeous, glamorous photographs (usually in color) sprawl across oversize pages and portray character, emotion, and rugged handsomeness in unforgettable ways. The most magnificent ones explode across two-page spreads. The book's design is almost as fine as the photographs are, and creates the kind of fairy tale feeling that great heroes evoke in their followers. The details of the images are lovingly reproduced so that nuances of expressions and thought are obvious to the viewer. In this form, you will capture new meaning from photographs that you have seen many times before in black-and-white versions produced in smaller sizes. The photographs come with very well selected quotes that encapsulate their messages. You will enjoy reading these quotes very much.
The book is divided into the following sections: Emerging Voice; Aspiring Voice; Voice for California; Voice for America; Voice for the World; and An Enduring Voice. Each section has its own brief essays. The ones about President Reagan's youth will add details that you may be unfamiliar with. For example, there was a dangerous undertow in the swimming beach where he was a lifeguard. As a result, he had the opportunity to rescue more than 70 people over the years he worked there. Before him, no one had wanted the responsibility of guarding the beach. The personal asides are typically modest. He tells about being delighted when a pretty young woman who had drawn his interest waved at him one day. Only after her head went under water did he realize that she was calling for aid, rather than being friendly. He rescued her.
Looking at this book helped me to appreciate more about the process whereby our presidents go from being ordinary mortals to larger-than-life heroes striding across history's stage as time passes. With the victory in the Cold War, the Reagan years and President Reagan's legacy are intact for all time. This book symbolizes his ascension into the gallery of our most memorable presidents.
After you have had a chance to enjoy this remarkable volume, you should think about what the founding fathers were really like, if you had known them as a contemporary. How much glitter has been attracted because their noble experiment with representative government has been so successful? How much of that glitter is needed to help keep the ship of state moving forward? Great institutions need great heroes . . . and vice versa.
Step forward to meet the challenges you see around you!
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