Ronald Reagan: Book summary and reviews of Ronald Reagan by John Patrick Diggins

Ronald Reagan

Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History

by John Patrick Diggins

Ronald Reagan by John Patrick Diggins

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Following his departure from office, Ronald Reagan was marginalized thanks to liberal biases that dominate the teaching of American history, says John Patrick Diggins. Yet Reagan, like Lincoln (who was also attacked for decades after his death), deserves to be regarded as one of our three or four greatest presidents. Reagan was far more active a president and far more sophisticated than we ever knew. His negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev and his opposition to foreign interventions demonstrate that he was not a rigid hawk.

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Starred Review. Diggins does a superb job of tracing Reagan's intellectual development from old school New Dealer to thoughtful, Emersonian libertarian." - PW.
"A significant book, if surely arguable in granting Reagan more depth and ability than most nonbelievers have hitherto suspected." - Kirkus.

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