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Reagan, in His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America

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Until Alzheimer's disease wreaked its gradual destruction, Ronald Reagan was an inveterate writer. He wrote not only letters, short fiction, poetry, and sports stories, but speeches, newspaper articles, and radio commentary on public policy issues, both foreign and domestic.

Most of Reagan's original writings are pre-presidential. From 1975 to 1979 he gave more than 1,000 daily radio broadcasts, two-thirds of which he wrote himself. They cover every topic imaginable: from labor policy to the nature of communism, from World War II to the second Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, from the future of Africa and East Asia to that of the United States and the world. They range from highly specific arguments to grand philosophy to personal stories.

Even those who knew him best were largely unaware of Reagan's output. George Shultz, as he explains in the Foreword, was surprised when he first saw the manuscripts, but on reflection he really was not surprised at all. Here is definitive proof that Ronald Reagan was far more than a Great Communicator of other people's ideas. He was very much the author of his own ideas, with a single vision that he pursued relentlessly at home and abroad.

Reagan, In His Own Hand presents this vision through Reagan's radio writings as well as other writings selected from throughout his life: short stories written in high school and college, a poem from his high school yearbook, newspaper articles, letters, and speeches both before and during the presidency. It offers many surprises, beginning with the fact that Reagan's writings exist in such size and breadth at all. While he was writing batches and batches of radio addresses, Reagan was also traveling the country, collaborating on a newspaper column, giving hundreds of speeches, and planning his 1980 campaign. Yet the wide reading and deep research self-evident here suggest a mind constantly at work. The selections are reproduced with Reagan's own edits, offering a unique window into his thought processes.

These writings show that Reagan had carefully considered nearly every issue he would face as president. When he fired the striking air-traffic controllers, many thought that he was simply seizing an unexpected opportunity to strike a blow at organized labor. In fact, as he wrote in the '70s, he was opposed to public-sector unions using strikes. There has been much debate as to whether he deserves credit for the end of the cold war; here, in a 1980 campaign speech draft, he lays out a detailed vision of the grand strategy that he would pursue in order to encourage the Soviet system to collapse of its own weight, completely consistent with the policies of his presidency. Furthermore, in 1984, Reagan drafted comments he would make to Soviet foreign minister Andrei Gromyko at a critical meeting that would eventually lead to history's greatest reductions in armaments.

Ronald Reagan's writings will change his reputation even among some of his closest allies and friends. Here, in his own hand, Reagan the thinker is finally fully revealed.

Synopsis:

During the eight years that Ronald Reagan served as US president, many advisers claimed authorship of ideas that comprised "the Reagan revolution". These never-before-seen documents prove definitively that Reagan was the intellectual architect of the prosperity of the 1980s and of the strategy that won the Cold War. Photos.

About the Author

Kiron K. Skinner (center) is an assistant professor of history and political science at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Hoover Institution research fellow. She is also a Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and National Interest. She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by George P. Shultz

Introduction

A Note on Editorial Methods

Part One

REAGAN'S PHILOSOPHY

Part Two

FOREIGN POLICY

Communism, Asia, Europe, and the Soviet Union

Defense and Intelligence Policy

Foreign Policy Double Standards, Human Rights, International Organizations, and Religion

The Third World

Part Three

DOMESTIC AND ECONOMIC POLICY

Freedom and Government

The Economy

Energy, Land, and the Environment

Education

Social Security and Health Care

Social Issues

Personal Stories

Part Four

OTHER WRITINGS NOV. 6, 1925-NOV. 5, 1994

Hallowe'en

Yale Comes Through

Life

Squall

Return to the Primitive

Killed in Action

The Making of a Movie Star

Letter to the Editor of The Catholic Reporter

"Are Liberals Really Liberal?"

Speech

Letter to the Editor of the Pegasus

Speech on phone to YAF Convention in Houston, Texas

Letter to Dr. McDowell

On Portugal

Stump Speech Insert

Speech on Agriculture

"State of the Union" Speech

Peace

Economic Speech — Address to the Nation

I.N.F. Negotiations

"Mr. Minister"

Reagan's Goodbye

Appendix: Ronald Reagan's Radio Addresses, 1975-79

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743201230
Editor:
Skinner, Kiron K.
Editor:
Anderson, Annelise
Editor:
Skinner, Kiron K.
Editor:
Anderson, Annelise
Editor:
Anderson, Martin
Author:
Shultz, George P.
Author:
Skinner, Kiron K.
Author:
Anderson, Annelise
Author:
Anderson, Martin
Editor:
Anderson, Martin
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
20th century
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to present)
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
US Presidents
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Copyright:
Series Volume:
863
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9.57x6.61x1.34 in. 1.99 lbs.

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