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When he left the White House in 1989, Ronald Reagan was one of the most popular presidents of the century. A former Hollywood star and seemingly simple man, Reagan was consistently underestimated by his opponents. One by one, he overcame them all. Incorporating interviews with key political insiders, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, and members of the Reagan family, "Reagan" explores the man who saw America as a "shining city on a hill" and himself as its heroic defender. The program follows Reagan's life from his itinerant boyhood in Illinois to his battle with "communist agitators" in the Screen Actors Guild and his dramatic 1980 victory over Jimmy Carter. Only 70 days into his presidency, a would-be assassin's bullet left him more debilitated than anyone knew. Reagan's massive military buildup and bold challenges to the Soviet Union caused his critics to portray him as a trigger-happy cowboy. But he negotiated deep cuts in nuclear weapons and resolved to end the Cold War. ... Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Very good but it does seem to have a slight bias.
28 October 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Part One of this biography begins with Reagan's youth and ends early in his first term. In between is a brief discussion of his film and television career, his marriages and his political life. Several of Reagan's children (but, oddly, not Michael) and Nancy are interviewed as are many in politics and the media. In addition, various film clips and photos are used as well as narration by David Ogden Stiers.

This is one of the best biographies of Ronald Reagan. Now I am not saying it's perfect. As some have pointed out, it does appear to have a slight bias against him--particularly in the latter portion of Part One. However, considering how unpopular Reagan was with most of the media during his presidency, this isn't really surprising. What is actually surprising is how after the death of Reagan, folks began talking about him very positively and with nostalgia--and many were the same folks who detested him as President. Odd how time often changes perceptions.

By the way, this is NOT a major gripe, but in talking about the decline of Reagan's film career, the film cited two movies. One was "Bedtime for Bonzo". While this is widely regarded as an embarrassing film for Reagan, most people probably haven't seen it. I have seen it several times and actually found it to be silly and very charming--and well worth seeing. If you get a chance, watch it. Whether or not you like Reagan, it is a cute film.


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