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on 12 January 2003
I read this hoping to get an insight into what drove this actor turned president. He was president for my late teens and early 20's, and what I remember most of all was his portrayal as a complete idiot on the TV series 'Spitting Image', and his constant stream of gaffes that were reported on the news. I had a vague knowledge of his anti-communist stance during the McCarthyist 50's, and knew of his Central American crusades, so I wanted to know more.
I had hoped that I would be reading a history book, but I wouldn't be surprised if this had been written by Reagan's best friend in an attempt to portray him in the best possible light over everything that he has ever done.
I'm not so sure how reliable the 'facts' of the book are either - Schweizer claims to have access to secret Soviet documents that 'prove' all kinds of things, such as numerous Soviet backed attempts to assassinate Reagan. Apparently the main source of information was Reagan's private diaries. If Reagan really believed all that he wrote in these diaries, then it's amazing that he was allowed to become President!!!
The book is incredibly biased towards Reagan as some sort of messianic saviour of the world, and there is virtually criticism of any aspect of his life. This book is nothing more than 100% backing of a chronological list of events of Reagan's life!
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