In this short biography, Michael Schaller, acclaimed historian of the American political right, offers readers a poignant account of Ronald Reagan's life and achievements, from his small-town upbringing in rural Illinois to his cinematic success in Hollywood, entry into politics as governor of California, and meteoric rise to the White House, where he served for eight years. The polarizing Great Communicator oversaw many developments that changed the face of American politics and life-the Iran-Contra Affair, the establishment of "Reaganomics," the largest military buildup in peacetime US history--and as such remains a figure about whom much is written and much has yet to be discovered. Schaller revisits each of these episodes during and leading up to the Reagan presidency, taking into account the latest scholarship and research. In doing so, he makes clear their significance at the time and in later years.
While most presidential biographies approach 1,000 pages, this succinct narrative comes in at just over 100 pages, continuing the tradition of excellence in brevity established by James McPherson's New York Times bestseller Abraham Lincoln and Alan Brinkley's recent short biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Schaller's biography of Ronald Reagan will be available in time to commemorate the centennial of Reagan's birth, an opportune time to reflect on the accomplishments of America's fortieth president.
"Michael Schaller's Ronald Reagan tells the remarkable story of one of America's most influential presidents intelligently and effectively. Like Reagan himself, the book is eloquent, focused, and to the point, making it a fine addition to this series." -- Gil Troy, author of Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s and The Reagan Revolution: A Very Introduction
"Michael Schaller has crafted a lucid, lively, and perceptive treatment of the political career of Ronald Reagan. Friends and critics of Reagan alike will find Schaller a fair-minded guide to the controversies and accomplishments of one of the most important presidents of modern times."--Lewis L. Gould, author of The William Howard Taft Presidency
"Michael Schaller has written a lucid, concise analysis of the most important Republican president of the 20th century, a president who reshaped American politics and reconfigured discourse about the role of government in American life." - Melvyn Leffler, author of For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War
Chapter 1: From Dixon to Tinseltown, 1911-1966
Chapter 2: Governor of California and Presidential Candidate, 1966-1980
Chapter 3: The Reagan Presidency, 1981-1989
Chapter 4: Confronting the Soviet Union/Ending the Cold War
Chapter 5: Legacies
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 30th September 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.27