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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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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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