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Biography of Ronald Reagan: The 5 Books All Presidential Historians Should Read

By    |   Tuesday, 27 January 2015 08:08 PM

An aspect of former President Ronald Reagan’s personality that’s sometimes overlooked is his love of telling stories. Nearly every biography of Ronald Reagan mentions the late president’s love of storytelling, and a few are even compilations of his personal stories.

This list highlights five biographies of Reagan that are focused on his own personal stories and anecdotes. Any presidential historian looking for a good biography of Ronald Reagan would do well to start with this collection of biographies and diaries.

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1. "The Notes: Ronald Reagan’s Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom"

This book is entirely comprised of stories Reagan penned while he was serving as president. It offers a unique insight into his mind and thoughts on myriad matters, and is a must-read for those searching for a personal biography of Reagan.

2. "An American Life: The Autobiography"

This is Reagan’s own autobiography; what better place to learn about the president than his own account of his life?

Marueen Dowd of The New York Times reviewed the book, saying that, "Coming after a waterfall of either inadvertently or intentionally damning books by former aides, Reagan children and journalists — accounts that add up to a portrait of a president preternaturally disengaged and passive, of a man who forgot about assignments once he had completed them and people once they had passed out of sight, of a Macy's-Thanksgiving-Day-balloon leader who stood wherever his aides put the masking tape and read whatever they handed him — this book is Ronald Reagan's attempt at a rebuttal."

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"The Reagan Diaries"

This book is another collection of unique insights into Reagan’s storytelling abilities. This book was compiled from the personal diaries Reagan kept while president, as opposed to his other writings. However, Reagan’s ability to communicate effectively in both writing and speech is evident in "The Reagan Diaries."

4. "Ronald Reagan – Biography"

This book has the advantage of being written in 1997, not too far removed from Reagan’s time as president. This biography details Reagan’s time as an actor, before he entered the political world.

5."The Greatest Speeches of Ronald Reagan"

What better way to learn about Reagan’s abilities with storytelling than by reading the speeches he became so famous for? This collection highlights the greatest speeches Reagan gave and offers unique insight into how the man was an effective communicator.

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Nearly every biography of former President Ronald Reagan mentions his love of storytelling. This list highlights five biographies of Reagan that are focused on his own personal stories and anecdotes. Presidential historians should read these works if they want insight into this American hero.
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