Review - Reagan, What Was He Really Like?
“He was probably the best candidate I’ve ever dealt with. I’ve dealt with a lot of good candidates, but he was exceptional! Why? Number one, he had a core, he had a sense, he had a belief-system. His ego never got in his way.” ~Stu Spencer
“Honesty, the one word that sums up the essence of Ronald Reagan. There’s one that people seem to forget about him and that is, he was a brave man. He instilled confidence in people because he had confidence in himself - he wasn’t a fearful man or a fearful politician.” ~Lyn Nofziger
Reagan: What Was He Really Like? (aff.) was a really interesting look into the life of a man that many look up to and respect. Generally, when you are reading about our former Presidents the main topic focused on is their presidency. Second is probably their upbringing.
This book takes a different approach. It doesn’t look at his presidency or his upbringing, rather it looks to the people who knew him best to find out more about the man. If you want to learn more about what kind of person somebody is you should go to the people closest to them. In this book, they went a step further and went to the people who were closest to him before he became President. The people included here knew and worked with Reagan as he was campaigning for Governor of California and then during the time he was running the state.
The book essentially devotes each chapter to a different person, though sometimes a chapter was a few people, for instance a couple. They are interviews and contain interesting insights as well as entertaining stories from the campaign and Governor years of Ronald Reagan. They help you get to know a bit more about the man, and they provide a view of who he was from varying levels of people connected to him from high in the administration to lower end foot soldiers. It really does a good job of shaping what type of person Reagan was based on how he interacted with all of these different people.
If you are at all interested in Reagan I would consider this book a great read for you. If you want to know more about the man I consider to be among the best presidents you should check out this book. You’ll enjoy the stories and feel like you are getting to know someone who was a friend to these people, a great man who just happened to be president later.
I’ll be adding this the my list of great conservative books to read. If you are looking for something to read check it out and bookmark it for future reference.