- The Triumph of Imagination
- Narrated by: George K. Wilson
- Length: 25 hrs and 50 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 12-21-05
- Language: English
- Publisher: Recorded Books
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In focusing on the key moments of the Reagan presidency, Reeves recounts the amazing resiliency of Ronald Reagan, the real "comeback kid". Here is a 70-year-old man coming back from a near-fatal gunshot wound, from cancer, from the worst recession in American history. Then, in personal despair as his administration was shredded by the lying and secrets of hidden wars and double-dealing, he was able to forge one of history's amazing relationships with the leader of "the Evil Empire". That story is told for the first time using the transcripts of the Reagan-Gorbachev meetings, the climax of an epic story, as if he were here.
"This is the imagined president, the facade emerging triumphant after eight years in office, affecting the sense, more contrived, some said, then real, of great battles won and great beasts slain." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Gregory E Benoit on 09-12-15
Excellent! Exactly what I wanted!
Was looking for an honest, detailed, balanced account of the presidency of Ronald Reagan. That's exactly what I got with this audio book. It tells you just what you need to know about the behind-the scenes goings on, the issues facing the president, his inner thoughts, the decisions he made, and the results of those decisions.
No droning on for hours about the president's patents, childhood and so on. Just the straight dope on their presidency and what it involved. And best of all, it reads like a novel. Perfect.
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By S. Lecroy on 06-09-07
I had suspicions about a liberal journalist's ability to restrain himself from using the press's present-day assumption that anything 'republican' must be depicted as inept, moronic, evil, or just wrong. By ch 8, Reeves begins to subtly paint Reagan as presenile, assuming him to be increasingly unable to command. By the ch 16, Reeves has reduced Reagan to a puppet of his handlers.
Wilson's narration takes on a tongue-in-cheek tone (see Double Whammy), which conveys Reeves' contempt for Reagan and his pleasure in highlighting Reagan's staff's dysfunction.
Reeves abandons his early nod to 'Reagan the visionary' in order to reinvent Reagan as merely a symbol of personal hope for the naive and unsophisticated, not one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century.
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