The Reagan Diaries (英語) ハードカバー – 2007/6/1
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During his two terms as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. Now, nearly two decades after he left office, this remarkable record—the only daily Presidential diary in American history—is available for the first time.
Edited by historian Douglas Brinkley, The Reagan Diaries provides a striking insight into one of this nation’s most important presidencies and sheds new light on the character of a true American leader. Whether he was in his White House residence study or aboard Air Force One, each night Reagan wrote about the events of his day, which often included his relationships with other world leaders and the unforgettable moments that defined the era.Seldom before has the American public been given access to the unfiltered experiences and opinions of a President in his own words. To read these diaries—filled with Reagan’s trademark wit, sharp intelligence, and humor—is to gain a unique understanding of one of the most beloved occupants of the Oval Office in our nation’s history.
'Amusing and enlightening...I quite simply couldn't put them down.' Sunday Times'What emerges from these pages is the remarkable character of Ronald Reagan himself. He was what he seemed to be, so fundamentally decent and sunny that it is hard to figure how the American political system could have produced such a genial leader.' Sunday Telegraph'Reagan's handwritten summary of almost every day of his 1981-89 presidency shows more clearly than ever before the way his mind worked...On the whole, it worked pretty well - especially in his cold-war policy.' The Economist --このテキストは、ハードカバー版に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
Reagan took office after a defeated Carter. Reagan was determined to get America working again. He stormed into the White House determined to fight the Communists, broaden American power overseas and to keep democracy strong. These ambitions are evident in his diaries. What is also evident is his love for Nancy, whom he often called "Mamie." His lack of affection for his own children is also evident, especially his falling-out with son Ron.
What is also evident in this production is how focused Reagan was with foreign policies. He seemed little interested in domestic affairs except for three things: Farmers, AIDs and Fighting Drugs. With all the domestic issues we had in the 1980s, it seems almost laughable to focus so much on drugs when AIDS and other pandemics were killing people around the world. Reagan struggled with "those Democrats" and often quarreled with the media (so did Carter) and seemed so convinced he was right and others were wrong.
What he did not reveal much in was Nancy and her struggles as a mean First Lady. He also comes across as naive (or purposefully ambiguous) about the Iran-Contra affair. Perhaps because the issue is still highly classified.
I bought the audio CD book for a long roadtrip this past Christmas and it took me three days and 1600 miles to finish this book. And this didn't include the final CD of Reagan's speeches in his own voice.
This could easily have been a five-star production but I had to dock off a star for the narrator. Eric Conder just isn't very convincing as a Reagan. His monotone voice lacks all the gusto Reagan had about life and love. Also, the box is flimsily constructed and the CDs scratch very easily.
Nonetheless this is a must for all presidential buffs. Perhaps the book is easier to read. I am only reviewing the audio collection.