Exit with Honor : The Life and Presidency of Ronald Reagan
Few presidents have sparked as much interest in recent years as Ronald Reagan, already the subject of a large number of biographies and specialized subjects. This biography, based on recent research into the Reagan archives and synthesis of the large memoir literature, explores the shaping of his values and beliefs during his childhood in the American heartland, his leadership of the American conservative movement, and his successful political career culminating in the first two-term presidency since Dwight Eisenhower. Pemberton finds Reagan's personal career and ability to understand and communicate with the American people admirable, but finds many of the long-term effects of his presidency harmful.
- Hardback | 344 pages
- 160 x 235.5 x 31.8mm | 666.79g
- 08 May 1997
- Taylor & Francis Inc
- M.E. Sharpe
- Armonk, United States
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William Pemberton's new biography is the first book to make use of archival sources at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Pemberton explores the shaping of Reagan's beliefs and values during his childhood in the American heartland; his leadership of the American conservative movement; and his political career, culminating in the first successful two-term presidency since Dwight Eisenhower. In clear and concise prose, Pemberton maintains a balance between recognition of Reagan's failures and acknowledgment of his achievements and his impact on later twentieth-century history. He also penetrates the heavy veil that Reagan used to separate his public and private personas.