Item description for Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader by Dinesh D'Souza...
Overview Explores Reagan's political career, from his role in the California tax revolt to the economic success the United States experienced during his term in office
Publishers Description In this enlightening new look at one of our most successful, most popular, and least understood presidents, bestselling author and former Reagan aide Dinesh D'Souza shows how this "ordinary" man was able to transform the political landscape in a way that made a permanent impact on America and the world. "Ronald Reagan" is a thoughtful and honest assessment of how this underestimated president became a truly extraordinary leader.
Citations And Professional Reviews Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader by Dinesh D'Souza has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 1064
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 839
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Studio: Free Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.72" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Feb 23, 1999
Publisher Free Press
ISBN 0684848236 ISBN13 9780684848235
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More About Dinesh D'Souza
DINESH D'SOUZA, the Rishwain Research Scholar at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, is the author of several bestselling books, including Illiberal Education, The Virtue of Prosperity, and What's So Great About America. He lives in Washington, D.C, and San Diego, California.
Dinesh D'Souza currently resides in Washington, in the state of District Of Columbia. Dinesh D'Souza was born in 1961.
What can anyone say - a great president Sep 19, 2007
In a way, I always thought that authors who write about Reagan have it easy. How hard could it be to write interesting and inspiring words about a man who was both?
However, the author of this book has taken a bit of a different approach with this book by focusing as much on the "Reagan movenment" as he does Reagan himself.
History is going to be very good to Reagan and it will be because of the movement he created - it spite of the spineless Republicans of today.
I really enjoyed reading the book. It flows easily through the Reagan years and, if you are a Reagan fan, you will close this book, sigh, and say, "God I miss Ronald Reagan!"
A great book about a great President; captures Reagan in a way others don't. Jun 18, 2007
Most biographers who attempt to write about Ronald Reagan typically get frustrated at some point in their effort and throw up their hands saying, "I can't get to know this man!" Indeed, the man that some many of us felt close to without ever having met him was apparently a very tough nut to crack if you wanted to get close to him in person.
As a result, many biographies supposedly about Reagan offer very little insight into the man and what made him succeed and fail. They talk about his life and history, his advisers and their ideas, but they don't capture anything about the man that you wanted to learn about when you picked up the book in the first place - D'Souza does and that's what makes this book different and better from the rest.
D'Souza was a young aid in the Reagan White House and maybe that gives him a bit of an advantage in capturing the essence of Reagan, but I think most of the credit has to go to something far more fundamental; D'Souza hasn't lost the ability to see Reagan the way most Americans saw him, he hasn't lost sight of what America was like before Reagan compared to what it's like now. That gives D'Souza a perspective on Reagan that most academics (which D'Souza is) neglect. It makes all the difference in this book.
D'Souza really captures a man guided by a vision and a philosophy rather than by polls, a real leader rather than someone who went whichever way popular sentiment carried him. Reagan's ideas about America and its relationship to the rest of the world were positive, contrary to popular thoughts and, as it turns out, right.
If you like Reagan, you will love the way D'Souza articulates how the man accomplished everything he did. If you don't like Reagan, D'Souza's look at Reagan offers the best argument I've encountered that you'll have to counter in order to sway his supporters to your way of thinking.
Highly recommended. A great book about a great President.
Excellent Feb 11, 2007
Very informative. This book will give you a new appreciation for our recent history.
A good book about character but not much about Reagan the man Dec 17, 2006
D'Souza does a decent job in his biography on the character of Reagan. My biggest complaint with this book is that it does not actually tell us anything about Reagan and his presidency. So much times is spent on the character that by the time you are done understanding Reagan's moral values the book is over and I felt I learned nothing about what Reagan did and how these values played out. For those who have really studied Reagan it is a great addition but if you are looking for only one book try Richard Reeves.