By Andrew L. Johns
A significant other to Ronald Reagan evaluates in unparalleled element the occasions, regulations, politics, and folks of Reagan’s management. It assesses the scope and impression of his a variety of careers in the context of the days, supplying wide-ranging insurance of his management, and his legacy.
- Assesses Reagan and his effect at the improvement of the United States based on new documentary facts and engagement with the latest secondary literature
- Offers a mixture of historiographic chapters dedicated to overseas and family coverage, with issues built-in thematically and chronologically
- Includes a piece on key figures linked politically and in my opinion with Reagan
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In that sense,” Fitzgerald proclaims, “the Strategic Defense Initiative was Reagan’s greatest triumph as an actor-storyteller” (2000: 22–23, 38–39). Lou Cannon adds that Reagan’s passion for science fiction films influenced his approach to Gorbachev when they first met at Geneva in 1985. Speaking off the cuff, Reagan told Gorbachev that, if the world were threatened by an alien invasion, he was certain that the United States and the Soviet Union would cooperate. Colin Powell, who later served as Reagan’s national security advisor, believed that Reagan’s overture was inspired by the science fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951); the film appeared to be the inspiration for Reagan’s subsequent unrealistic proposal to share SDI technology with the Soviets.
In a time of red hysteria, Reagan began to question policy toward the communists calmly and publicly. Relatively few of Reagan’s speeches prior to 1966 exist, but perhaps the oldest surviving one is a speech he gave in St. Louis, Missouri, to the Kiwanis International Convention in June 1951 (Houck and Kiewe, 1993: 1; Reagan, 1989: 17–21). Reagan called this “basic Hollywood speech” the “plain little acorn” from which his political career grew (Reagan, 1989: 18). In it he took the opportunity to assure the audience that Hollywood people were just regular people who enjoy stable marriages (and a divorce rate lower than the national average), “have lawns to mow, own their own homes,” and are certainly rarely communists (19).
A Companion to Ronald Reagan by Andrew L. Johns