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A Companion to Ronald Reagan by Andrew L. Johns

By Andrew L. Johns

A spouse to Ronald Reagan evaluates in extraordinary aspect the occasions, guidelines, politics, and other people of Reagan’s management. It assesses the scope and impression of his a number of careers in the context of the days, offering wide-ranging assurance of his management, and his legacy.

  • Assesses Reagan and his effect at the improvement of the United States based on new documentary proof and engagement with the newest secondary literature
  • Offers a mixture of historiographic chapters dedicated to overseas and family coverage, with subject matters built-in thematically and chronologically
  • Includes a bit on key figures linked politically and for my part with Reagan

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GE also hired the actor to tour plants and to speak to GE workers and civic groups. Traveling for more than ten weeks a year was not ideal, but it provided Reagan and his family with a solid income and a plethora of appliances and gadgets that turned their home into a veritable GE showcase. More importantly, the speaking tours proved to be a “useful political training ground,” where Reagan honed his craft and his evolving political message (Cannon, 2003: 108). Reagan toured all of GE’s 139 plants and, according to some estimates, delivered more than nine thousand speeches to a quarter of a million employees.

Reagan characterized the communist presence in Hollywood as a “small clique” and expressed concern about overreacting: “I never as a citizen want to see our country become urged, by either fear or resentment of this group, that we ever compromise with any of our democratic principles through that fear or resentment” (Cannon, 2003: 99). Thus Reagan did not “name names” or otherwise provide fodder for the committee’s investigation.  But at the R eagan ’s Early Years 17 time of his testimony, Reagan was sensible and restrained, paying the minimum homage to the committee and to the fearfulness it had created in the film industry” (96–99).

With W. Novak (1989). My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan. Random House. Chapter Two Political Ideology and Activism to 1966 Lori Clune Sam Donaldson characteristically cornered the man behind the podium during a press conference in September of 1982. “Mr. President,” he asked, “in talking about the continuing recession tonight, you have blamed mistakes of the past, and you’ve blamed the Congress. ” Ronald Reagan, quick as a whip at the age of seventy-one, paused for barely a second: “Yes, because for many years I was a Democrat” (Reagan, 1982).

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