President Reagan the Role of a Lifetime (Paperback)
Hailed by the New Yorker as "a superlative study of a president and his presidency," Lou Cannon's "President Reagan" remains the definitive account of our most significant presidency in the last fifty years. Ronald Wilson Reagan, the first actor to be elected president, turned in the performance of a lifetime. But that performance concealed the complexities of the man, baffling most who came in contact with him. Who was the man behind the makeup? Only Lou Cannon, who covered Reagan through his political career, can tell us. The keenest Reagan-watcher of them all, he has been the only author to reveal the nature of a man both shrewd and oblivious. Based on hundreds of interviews with the president, the First Lady, and hundreds of the administration's major figures, President Reagan takes us behind the scenes of the Oval Office. Cannon leads us through all of Reagan's roles, from the affable cowboy to the self-styled family man; from the politician who denounced big government to the president who created the largest peace-time deficit; from the statesman who reviled the Soviet government to the Great Communicator who helped end the cold war.
About the Author
Lou Cannon covered Ronald Reagan for more than twenty-five years, first as a reporter for the "San Jose Mercury News" and later as the "Washington Post White House" correspondent. Cannon is the author of two previously published books on Reagan and, most recently, "Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD." He lives in Summerland, California, just five miles outside of Santa Barbara.
New York Times, January 9, 2011
“Authoritative… If Obama actually read Cannon, his comeback could have legs. It’s full of leadership lessons that will be particularly useful in outfoxing political adversaries who seem not to have consulted so much as a picture book about the president they claim as their patron saint.”