|Publication Date: 01/2012|
|Size: 6 1/8x9 1/4|
|Format|| ||Price|| ||ISBN-13|
|Hardcover|| ||$58.00|| ||978-0-313-39638-0|
J. David Woodard
Ronald Reagan's story reads like a Hollywood script complete with a small-town boyhood, movie stardom, financial success, and unmatched political popularity. This book tells Reagan's true-life tale in an engaging and easily accessible manner.
Looking back at the 40th president, Barack Obama spoke of "the sense of confidence and optimism President Reagan never failed to communicate to the American people." Reagan's 1984 landslide victory boasted the largest electoral margin of any presidential contest in recent history. What was it about this former actor that so captivated America? What legacy—and lessons—did he leave behind?
The trajectory of his life was remarkable: from Midwestern schoolboy, sports announcer, and Hollywood actor to governor of California and two-term President of the United States. There is no doubt that Ronald Reagan was one of the most complex and fascinating personalities of our time. Ronald Reagan: A Biography captures all the varied aspects of Reagan's life and career, portraying him as a politician, a husband, a father—and as a human being with a unique brand of charisma.
Anchored by Reagan's memorable personality and appeal, this lively, concise biography explores the full range of the former president's humor, character, and faith in a book that is also a study of history and political science. Students and general readers alike will come away understanding why Ronald Reagan's hold on America was so potent, and why it becomes more so with time.
• A timeline of important events in the life of Ronald Reagan
• A dozen black-and-white photographs depicting Reagan at various stages of his career
• A glossary
• An annotated bibliography of print and electronic resources
• Provides a concise and engaging biography that captures the popularity of America's 40th president
• Shows the interconnection between Ronald Reagan's life experiences and his political accomplishments, culminating in his two-term presidency
• Explores Reagan's legacy and impact on U.S. history and politics
J. David Woodard, PhD, is professor of political science at Clemson University, Clemson, SC. His published works include ABC-CLIO's The America That Reagan Built, The New Southern Politics, and The Politics Of Virtue. Woodard is a consultant for a number of Republican political candidates.
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