Monday, June 13, 2016

True Reagan: What Made Ronald Reagan Great And Why It Matters

Fred J. Eckert offers a review in the Washington Times of James Rosebush's True Reagan: What Made Ronald Reagan Great and Why it Matters.

“This is the book that Ronnie couldn’t write about himself,” Nancy Reagan said shortly before she died.
As someone who considers it one of the great blessings of his life to have been a friend and political ally of Ronald Reagan‘s, I, too, am grateful to author James Rosebush for giving us what is without a doubt the most insightful work yet about this truly great president who ranks among the world’s top leaders of the 20th century. If you yearn to understand Ronald Reagan — what exactly was it deep down inside that made him such a great leader? — read “TrueReagan.”
Ronald Reagan, an intensely private person, not only was not one to speak boastfully he was also reticent to even talk about himself, especially if it might be too revealing of his innermost thoughts and feelings, deliberately and skillfully avoiding doing so to an extent absolutely remarkable for someone who spent most of his life in the public eye.
Such careful guardedness combined with his genuine humility and surprising shyness made the inner Reagan an enigma even to most of those quite close to him. It explains why his official biographer, Edmund Morris, who had authored such a brilliant Pulitzer-Prize-winning biography of Theodore Roosevelt and was afforded unparalleled access to Mr. Reagan, utterly failed to capture him in the bizarre volume he produced, making the ludicrous excuse that Mr. Reagan was “one of the strangest men who’s ever lived.”
In fairness to Mr. Morris, producing an accurate and truly insightful portrayal of Ronald Reagan is one of the most challenging tasks a biographer could undertake. It explains why — while there are many good books covering some specific phase of Mr. Reagan’s life or zeroing in on such central topics as his religious faith or his long crusade against communism and while aides and friends and his two sons have written informative recollections about him — there are only a couple books that can truthfully be labeled a biography and not yet a great one.
Many books about Mr. Reagan are good renderings of what Mr. Reagan said and did and explain how it was received and what impact it had, as does this book, but what makes “True Reagan” so very special, such a must-read, is that no other work to date is anywhere near as insightful.
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