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40 Ronald Reagan

Editado: Jul 14, 2009, 11:05 am

An American Life:An Autobiography
Mike Briggs
What I Saw at the Revolution
Reagan In His Own Voice:Ronald Reagan's Radio Addresses

Election Reagan (489 electoral votes) vs. Carter (49)
Election Reagan (525 electoral votes) vs. Mondale (13)

Reagan was the oldest president in history. He was 77 when he left office.
Reagan was the first president who had been divorced.
He was the only president to be wounded and survive an assassination attempt.
Ronald Reagan married his first wife, Jane Wyman, at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.
Reagan was the only president to be a head of a labor union.
Ronald Reagan and his second wife Nancy Davis appeared opposite each other in the movie "Hellcats of the Navy."
Conforming to the provisions of the 25th amendment to the constitution, Reagan transferred all presidential powers to Vice President George Bush while he underwent surgery for cancer.
When Ronald Reagan was President and he got his first hearing aid, the sale of hearing aids went up in the United States by 40%.
Sales of jelly beans skyrocketed when Reagan told reporters that he liked them.
Reagan saved 77 people when he worked as a lifeguard.
He broke his thighbone in six different places when he slid into first base at a celebrity baseball game.
The 1990-91 edition of "Who's Who in America" contained 10 lines about former president Ronald Reagan. There were 28 lines devoted to his wife, Nancy.
Ronald Reagan was the only president to have ever worn a NAZI uniform. (He wore it as an actor in a movie.)
The only U.S. President born in 'The Land of Lincoln' (Illinois) was Ronald Reagan. He was born in Tampico.
Shortly after being shot, Reagan jokingly said, "I forgot to duck."
He was the first president to wear contact lenses.

Jan 30, 2009, 9:52 am

An American Life: The Autobiography by Ronald Reagan was a good look into his Presidency, life and times. Wish I could say more, but it has been more than three years since I read the book.

Editado: Abr 4, 2009, 3:13 pm

I've read Peggy Noonan's What I Saw at the Revolution which is primarily about the years she worked for Reagan as a speechwriter, but it's an excellent read! This was written long before she became a "talking head" and commentator on the news shows of today and in the WSJ. It's particularly interesting to read about when he was in France for the 40th anniversary of D-Day and his Point du Hoc speech and his not backing down with Gorbachev in Iceland. Very, very good book, I highly recommend it!

Editado: Abr 23, 2009, 8:05 pm

I am also reading a Peggy Noonan book about Reagan right now and am throughly enjoying it and it makes me a little nostalgic. "When Character was King" by Peggy Noonan.. I also recommend it . Noonan has a way a putting things. I finished is April 19,2009.

Jun 18, 2009, 8:54 am

Read an audio book that has Reagan's radio addresses from 1975-1979.

Reagan In His Own Voice by Ronald Reagan

Dez 13, 2010, 9:35 am

I just finished Reagan Inside Out by Bob Slosser, which was mainly about Reagans spiritual life, and about christianity in general.

Dez 13, 2010, 5:27 pm

I haven't read it yet, but when I get to Reagan (and I'm not looking forward to it!) I will read Richard Reeves' "President Reagan" because I expect it to be the most accurate. Reeves' books on Kennedy & Nixon are spot-on

Jul 9, 2011, 4:24 pm

Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan by Del Quentin Wilber
(an ER book for me)

This is an absorbing, minute by minute account of that day 30 years ago, in March of 1981, when President Ronald Reagan was nearly assassinated. I was in college at the time and, prior to reading this book, had only a vague notion of what happened that day. This book superbly filled in the blanks for me. I, and many others apparently, never realized how close Reagan came to dying that day. In fact, if the lead Secret Service agent, who pushed the President into his limo, had not made a quick decision to go to the hospital, Reagan might well have died.

Once started, this book is tough to put down, as the author goes into remarkable detail about what Reagan, the Secret Service agents, the medical staff, would-be-assassin John Hinkley, and others, including the First Lady and Vice President Bush, said, did, and thought that day.

Jan 29, 2012, 3:04 pm

I just finished Rawhide Down as well and I agree it was hard to put down. A quick read at only 233 pages (not including the notes in the back.) I really enjoyed it and recommend it.

Nov 26, 2012, 12:07 am

I finished When Character Was King by Peggy Noonan and really loved it. Although written in 2001, it's incredibly relevant to today. Several lessons can be learned, plus Noonan's writing is so easy and fluid. A loving biography of The Old Man.

Dez 18, 2012, 3:48 am

Lou Cannon's The Role of a Lifetime is in my opinion the essential Reagan biography.

Sleepwalking through History by Haynes Johnson is more about America during the Reagan years than Reagan the man, but very good read.

Editado: Mar 19, 2013, 9:11 pm

"Reagan ranked third of post–World War II presidents in a 2007 Rasmussen Reports poll, fifth in an ABC 2000 poll, ninth in another 2007 Rasmussen poll, and eighth in a late 2008 poll by United Kingdom newspaper The Times. …the 2009 Annual C-SPAN Survey of Presidential Leaders ranked Reagan the 10th greatest president. …In 2011, the Institute for the Study of the Americas released the first ever U.K. academic survey to rate U.S. presidents. This poll of U.K. specialists in U.S. history and politics placed Reagan as the 8th greatest U.S. president."

"Reagan received a number of awards in his pre- and post-presidential years. Following his election as president, Reagan received a lifetime gold membership in the Screen Actors Guild, was inducted into the National Speakers Association Speaker Hall of Fame and received the United States Military Academy's Sylvanus Thayer Award.

In 1989, Reagan was made an Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, one of the highest British orders (this entitled him to the use of the post-nominal letters "GCB" but, by not being the citizen of a Commonwealth realm, not to be known as "Sir Ronald Reagan"); only two American presidents have received this honor, Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Reagan was also named an honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford. Japan awarded him the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum in 1989; he was the second American president to receive the order and the first to have it given to him for personal reasons (Dwight D. Eisenhower received it as a commemoration of U.S.-Japanese relations).

On January 18, 1993, Reagan's former Vice-President and sitting President George H. W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor that the United States can bestow. Reagan was also awarded the Republican Senatorial Medal of Freedom, the highest honor bestowed by Republican members of the Senate.

On Reagan's 87th birthday, in 1998, Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport by a bill signed into law by President Bill Clinton. That year, the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center was dedicated in Washington, D.C. He was among 18 included in Gallup's List of Widely Admired People of the 20th century, from a poll conducted of the American people in 1999; two years later, USS Ronald Reagan was christened by Nancy Reagan and the United States Navy. It is one of few Navy ships christened in honor of a living person and the first aircraft carrier to be named in honor of a living former president.

In 1998 the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation awarded Reagan its Naval Heritage award for his support of the U S Navy and military in both his film career and while he served as President.

Congress authorized the creation of the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home National Historic Site in Dixon, Illinois in 2002, pending federal purchase of the property. On May 16 of that year, Nancy Reagan accepted the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress, on behalf of the president and herself.

Following Reagan's death, the United States Postal Service issued a President Ronald Reagan commemorative postage stamp in 2005. Later in the year, CNN, along with the editors of Time magazine, named him the "most fascinating person" of the network's first 25 years Time listed Reagan one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century as well. The Discovery Channel asked its viewers to vote for The Greatest American in June 2005; Reagan placed in first place, ahead of Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr..

In 2006, Reagan was inducted into the California Hall of Fame, located at The California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts. Every year since 2002, California Governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger have proclaimed February 6 "Ronald Reagan Day" in the state of California in honor of their most famous predecessor. In 2010, Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 944, authored by Senator George Runner, to make every February 6 Ronald Reagan Day in California.

In 2007, Polish President Lech Kaczyński posthumously conferred on Reagan the highest Polish distinction, the Order of the White Eagle, saying that Reagan had inspired the Polish people to work for change and helped to unseat the repressive communist regime; Kaczyński said it "would not have been possible if it was not for the tough-mindedness, determination, and feeling of mission of President Ronald Reagan". Reagan backed the nation of Poland throughout his presidency, supporting the anti-communist Solidarity movement, along with Pope John Paul II.

On June 3, 2009, Nancy Reagan unveiled a statue of her late husband in the United States Capitol rotunda. The statue represents the state of California in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Following Reagan's death, both major American political parties agreed to erect a statue of Reagan in the place of that of Thomas Starr King. The day before, President Obama signed the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act into law, establishing a commission to plan activities to mark the upcoming centenary of Reagan's birth. Independence Day 2011 saw the unveiling of another statue to Reagan this time in the British capital of London, outside the American Embassy, Grosvenor Square."

Editado: Mar 19, 2013, 9:35 pm

List of honors named after President Reagan:

Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway portion of Interstate 65 from Birmingham to Decatur)
Ronald Reagan Spirit of America Field, Decatur.

The Ronald Reagan Fundamental School, Yuma, Arizona
Ronald Reagan Road, Kingman, Arizona

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Center for Public Affairs in Simi Valley
Ronald Reagan California Republican Center, Burbank, California
Ronald Reagan Community Center, El Cajon, California
Ronald Reagan State Office Building, Los Angeles (renamed in 1990)
The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles.
Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse in Santa Ana
Reagan Center, Los Angeles (associated with Childhelp USA)
Reagan Ranch Leadership Academy, Santa Barbara
Ronald Reagan Veteran Memorial Building, San Francisco, California (Headquarters of the American Legion Cathay Post #384)

Ronald Reagan Elementary School, Bakersfield, California
Ronald Reagan Elementary School in Chowchilla, California
Ronald Reagan Park (educational site, home to a piece of the Berlin Wall), Verdemont, San Bernardino, California
Ronald Reagan Sports Park, Temecula, California (Formerly named "Rancho California Sports Park", renamed in 2005)
Ronald Reagan Park, Diamond Bar, California

Ronald Reagan Freeway (State Route 118, previously named Simi Valley-San Fernando Valley Freeway, renamed in 1994)

Ronald Reagan Day, officially state-recognized day each February 6
Ronald Reagan Distinguished American Award, presented annually since 1991 by the Jonathan Club, Los Angeles
Reagan Room at The Jonathan Club, Los Angeles
The Ronald Reagan Penthouse at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles
A Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars was dedicated to Reagan in 1997.

The Ronald Reagan Highway (Interstate 25 throughout El Paso County)

Florida's Turnpike designated the Ronald Reagan Turnpike
Ronald Reagan Post Office Building, West Melbourne, Florida
Ronald W. Reagan Doral High School, a high school in the suburbs of Miami
Ronald Reagan Avenue, Miami
Ronald Reagan Parkway, Hillsborough County, Florida
Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Seminole County Route 427 from Sanford to Maitland, which kept the existing number but had all street signs changed
Ronald Reagan Parkway, formerly Polk County County Road 54
A 25-mile section of Florida State Road 9A in North Jacksonville was designated Ronald Reagan Highway

Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans, Columbia County
Ronald Reagan Parkway in Gwinnett County

Ronald Reagan Elementary School, Nampa, Idaho

The Ronald W. Reagan Society at Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois, a national group of donors who support the living legacy of Ronald Reagan at his college alma mater.
The Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Center, Alzheimer's Association, Chicago
Birthplace of Ronald Reagan (111 S. Main St. Tampico, now a museum)
Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home National Historic Site (in Dixon, Illinois)
Reagan Park, Tampico (named 1985, formerly Railroad Park)

Ronald Reagan Highway (U.S. Highway 14)
Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88)
Ronald Reagan Trail
Reagan Drive, Eureka, Illinois (named in 1979)
Reagan Way, Dixon, Illinois (A portion of Hennepin Avenue where Reagan walked from his home to the swimming hole as a youth)

Ronald W. Reagan Middle School in Dixon, formerly Madison School.
Reagan Physical Education Center, Eureka College renamed in 1970 (previously named for Reagan and his brother Neil.)
Ronald Reagan Peace Garden, Eureka College (includes a piece of the Berlin Wall)
Ronald W. Reagan Exhibit, Eureka College
Ronald W. Reagan Leadership Program, Eureka College

Ronald Reagan Expressway, (Interstate 469), Fort Wayne, Indiana
Ronald Reagan Corridor, Hendricks County, Indiana

A 10 feet (3.0 m) tall statue on a 6 feet (1.8 m) base in Covington, Louisiana reputed to be "the world's largest" of Reagan.
Ronald Reagan Highway (US 190)

The Reagan Hope Home

Ronald Reagan Parkway, Lake St. Louis, Missouri
Ronald and Nancy Reagan Center, also known as The Gillioz Theater, a historic theater in Springfield, Missouri

Ronald W. Reagan Elementary School, Omaha, Nebraska

New Hampshire
Mount Reagan

New Jersey
Ronald Reagan School #30 - Elizabeth, New Jersey

New York
Ronald Reagan Boulevard - Warwick, New York

North Carolina
Ronald W. Reagan High School, Pfafftown, Forsyth County

Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway (State Route 126 north of Cincinnati), 1997
Reagan Parkway (East-West Thoroughfare on the north side of town) Medina, Ohio
Reagan Park, Medina, Ohio
Ronald Reagan Voice of Freedom Park, West Chester, Ohio

Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse, in Harrisburg
Ronald Reagan Drive, in the Philadelphia suburb of Richland Township
Ronald Reagan Drive, in the Pittsburgh suburb of McCandless Township

Ronald Reagan Avenue, Hickory Creek, Texas
Ronald Reagan High School, San Antonio, Texas
Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway, Arlington, Texas
Ronald Reagan Middle School, Grand Prairie, Texas
Ronald Reagan Building, Harris County Department of Education, Houston, Texas
Ronald W Reagan Blvd. Leander, TX (Suburb of Austin)

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (formerly Washington National Airport)
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metro Station
Ronald Wilson Reagan Memorial Highway (State Route 234, dedicated to Reagan in 2005), Prince William County
The Reagan Building (Richmond City)

Washington, DC
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Ronald Reagan Chair in Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation
Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University Hospital
The Ronald Wilson Reagan Republican Center of the National Republican Senatorial Committee

Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School, Milwaukee

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76), A nuclear-powered aircraft carrier — one of the few U.S. Navy ships that had been named after a living person.

Outside of the United States:
Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site, Marshall Islands, a United States missile range
Ronald Reagan Street, in Prague, Czech Republic
Ronald Reagan bronze statue, in Freedom Square, Budapest, Hungary.
Ronald Reagan Park, in Gdańsk, Poland
Ronald Reagan Square, formerly Central Square, in Kraków, Poland
The Ronald Reagan Statue, in Warsaw, Poland
Ronald Reagan Roundabout, in Wrocław, Poland
Ronald Reagan Monument, in Wrocław, Poland
Grenada Salutes Ronald Reagan, Leader of Freedom Commemorative Stamp Collection (proceeds to Ronald Reagan Scholarship Fund)
The Ronald Reagan Scholarship Fund, Grenada
Ronald Reagan bronze statue in the Rike Park, Tbilisi, Georgia

Proposals for things to be named for Reagan or feature his likeness:
The Pentagon
International Space Station
The $10 bill, the $50 bill, or the dime
U.S. Highway 14 in Wisconsin (already called "Ronald Reagan Highway" in Illinois)
Ronald Reagan's Birthday, (February 6)
Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway (New Jersey Route 15)
16th Street in Washington, DC
A street in Copenhagen, Denmark
Joachimstaler Platz in Berlin, Germany

Jun 2, 2015, 1:11 pm

Finished up H. W. Brands' new biography of Reagan, Reagan: A Life.* I thought it was well done, if light on the personal life aspects of his story - for instance, his relationship with his children is barely mentioned.

Jun 10, 2015, 8:43 pm

They never do! Anything I've read on Reagan hardly ever mentions much about them. A ways to go to get to Reagan. I'm on Teddy Roosevelt and reading in order.

Set 4, 2016, 9:45 pm

I read Ronald Reagan. Fate, Freedom and the Making of History by John Patrick Diggins.
Diggins makes a statement at the end that Mr. Reagan was a president ......"politically wise, humane, and magnanimous." My assessment from this reading is that he was politically expedient rather than wise and that, if you wish to believe that he was humane and magnanimous, ask any of the mentally sick people who cannot get the help they need anymore. Sure, the help they could get may not have been very good but it kept them warm and clean and off the streets.
And Hayek has a lot to answer for.
Not one of my favorite presidential biographies.

Abr 30, 2018, 11:41 pm

Ronald Reagan: A Life by H. W. Brands.

Good thorough biography. He certainly accomplished a lot in his presidency. I think some of his decisions and some of the people he kept around him were not the best.

I now have 2 biographies left to finish off all the. Presidential biographies, Bush and Bush.

Out 10, 2022, 5:26 pm

Reagan: An American Journey
by Bob Spitz

I wasn't looking forward to reading this. As I've been reading through presidential biographies, I knew I would eventually get to Ronald Reagan, the man holding the office when I reached adulthood and started thinking (and voting) for myself. Suffice it to say,I wasn't a fan of the man. I wondered if the story of his life would reveal that he was worse than I thought or--even more frightening--that he was better.

All in all, however, the man portrayed in Mr. Spitz's biography jibe with my recollections. Ronald Reagan is not presented as a great man. Oh, he was charming, athletic, and had a good memory. But he also was a mediocre student and an actor of limited talent. Where he excelled was in dreaming big and convincing others to go along with him. He truly earned the title of "Great Communicator". His administrations as governor and president are portrayed as collaborations of competent men and women following his general direction.

Unlike other biographies I've read, Reagan is not overly political. It focuses more on Reagan himself and his personal life than the political details of his administrations. I suppose that works better here than, say, a biography of Lyndon Johnson or FDR. And in the end, I'm glad I checked it out.