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A mixture of narration and authentic audio recordings. Thank goodness its sections of writer biography are left out. Mr. Morris is a biographer of poetic sentiments. This along with his narration, with a soft, educated, melodious voice, somehow misses the subject’s mark and drifts again towards being about the writer. His credentials are solid, nevertheless. He was certainly given wide access to Reagan’s Whitehouse. The very best in the book are glimpses of Reagan and his minions working at this or that activity, unconscious of Morris’ presence. Missing, at least in the abridged version from Audible, are references to the financial deregulation that caused the Savings and Loan scandal, and idiotic gaffs like the USDA’s toying with categorizing ketchup as a vegetable in school lunches—for which the president was blamed. Nor does Morris mention that the Marines in Lebanon, 241 of whom were blow sky-high in 1983, were guarded by men with unloaded weapons beside traffic barriers that didn’t stop traffic. Morris paints Nancy as one tough First Lady who, Morris hints, unjustly forced Donald Regan out of his job as Chief of Staff. Ronald Reagan comes over as a gentle, inwardly-directed, principled personality whose totality was more the result of natural than environmental influences. Worth the read but disappointing given what Mr. Morris was privy to.
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What would have made Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan better?
Cut out the parts about Morris. If he wanted to write an autobiography he should have. Making his a part of Reagan's was silly.
Has Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, just Morris' books.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Talks about himself.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Anything about Reagan I would like.
Any additional comments?
Should have had a professional narrate it, not Morris himself. Could have done without the audio sound effects.