My Father at 100
"Everyone thinks he knows Ronald Reagan, but those who truly knew him best still grapple with the enduring mystery of his inner character."
Even after his death in 2004, Ronald Reagan remains one of America's most popular and beloved presidents, but he is also a man whom history and his own privacy have conspired to turn into a remote icon.
Ron Reagan celebrates the centenary of his father's birth by visiting the towns that shaped him to share both his own memories and a uniquely privileged portrait of a young "Dutch" Reagan. My Father at 100 illuminates a father, a husband, a friend, and finally a human being with his own fears and foibles, yet armed with a set of unshakable principles that he sought to instill not only in his son but also in the country he so fiercely loved.
This is not a political biography—that's a job best left for others. Neither does this book pretend to be an encyclopedic recounting of his entire life. It is simply my attempt to come to grips with the father with whom I grew up, with a public figure both revered and reviled and, most important, with a human being in all his stubborn enigma. Everyone thinks he knows Ronald Reagan, but those who truly knew him best still grapple with the enduring mystery of his inner character. I'm hoping that some light might penetrate that mystery if I can focus on the man I knew through the lens of his early, formative years.
"A deeply felt memoir."
-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"A first-person view of some of the most dramatic moments in the life of the fortieth president."
-Doug Wead, The Washington Post
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