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Best Reagan Biography? (Vanity)
July 25, 2009 | Clioman

Posted on 07/25/2009 7:51:02 AM PDT by Clioman

A politically neutral friend has asked for recommendations for the best biography of Ronald Reagan. I'm considering "The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister" by John O'Sullivan, but that's probably too narrowly focused. Suggestions would be most appreciated.


TOPICS: Books/Literature; History
KEYWORDS: biography; books; reagan

1 posted on 07/25/2009 7:51:02 AM PDT by Clioman
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To: Clioman

My favorite although quite short is the heart-pounding “Reagan’s War”


2 posted on 07/25/2009 7:53:34 AM PDT by FreeManWhoCan ("Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.")
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To: Clioman
Thank you for reminding me to pick-up a copy of Reagan: A Life in Letters. It's not a biography, but close.
3 posted on 07/25/2009 7:56:15 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Clioman

bump.


4 posted on 07/25/2009 7:58:46 AM PDT by ken21 (i am not voting for a rino-progressive.)
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To: Clioman

Ronald Reagan... Dinesh D’souza..


5 posted on 07/25/2009 8:00:48 AM PDT by GSP.FAN (Only dead fish go with the flow...)
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To: Clioman

the classic, authoritative biographies are the volumes by Lou Cannon. they’re by far the best if you want your friend to get a complete, full view of who Reagan was and how he fit into his times. Richard Reeves’ and Edmund Morris’ works are also highly respected, and while not nearly as authoritative as Cannon’s might be more accessible, depending on your friend’s reading habits.

regardless, it’s best to advise your friend to read one of works by a respected author (Reeves, Morris and Cannon are all highly distinguished scholars) rather than a blatantly partisan, narrowly focused work. so long as the writer is intellectually honest, it’s definitely more likely to leave your friend with a genuine appreciation of Reagan’s life and his political accomplishments.


6 posted on 07/25/2009 8:03:32 AM PDT by NYIslander
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To: Clioman

“Governor Reagan” by Cannon is very good. “Reagan’s war” is a great study of his life-long fight against communism.


7 posted on 07/25/2009 8:09:58 AM PDT by Lou Budvis (America, Take the Red Pill and see things as they really are.)
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To: Clioman

While not strictly a biography, I think you learn more about who Reagan was from Paul Kengor’s “The Crusader” than from any pure bio out there. It focuses on his lifesaving job, his Hollywood anti-communism, and of course, the Cold War. So you don’t get much about Governor Reagan, or about Nancy.


8 posted on 07/25/2009 8:14:57 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: 1rudeboy
I assume you've read The Reagan Diaries.

Absolute must read for any Conservative and dispels so many of the vicious rumors of his advanced dementia while in office.

9 posted on 07/25/2009 8:15:03 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: NYIslander

Morris is terrible. Virtually every line is some sort of innuendo, inferred commentary, or otherwise distortion. I find it the absolute least reliable of any of the RR bios.


10 posted on 07/25/2009 8:16:19 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Clioman

Peggy Noonan’s “When Character Was King” is quite good.

SnakeDoc


11 posted on 07/25/2009 8:18:33 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." -- John Wayne)
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To: Clioman

Don’t forget “Reagan in his own hand”. Dispels any of the myths about his intellectual abilities - contrary to what the jerks in the Democrat party at the time ( I include the Fourth Estate in that collective phrase - pun intended) may have said.


12 posted on 07/25/2009 8:45:45 AM PDT by Timocrat
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