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
Carl M. Cannon is the White House correspondent for National Journal, the author of "The Pursuit of Happiness in Times of War," and co-author of "Boy Genius: Karl Rove, The Architect of George W. Bush's Remarkable Political Triumphs," He lives in Washington, D.C. Lou Cannon covered Ronald Reagan for thirty-six years, first as a reporter for the "San Jose Mercury News," later as "The Washington Post" White House correspondent. The author of five other books on Reagan including "President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime," he lives in Summerland, California.
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.”