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Dutch - A Memoir of Ronald Reagan

Edmund Morris

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This book, the only biography ever authorized by a sitting President--yet written with complete interpretive freedom--is as revolutionary in method as it is formidable in scholarship. When Ronald Reagan moved into the White House in 1981, one of his first literary guests was Edmund Morris, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Theodore Roosevelt. Morris developed a fascination for the genial yet inscrutable President and, after Reagan's landslide reelection in 1984, put aside the second volume of his life of Roosevelt to become an observing eye and ear at the White House. Coming and going with Reagan's benign approval ("I'm not going to ride up San Juan Hill for you"), Morris found the President to be a man of extraordinary power and mystery. Although the historic early achievements were plain to see--the restoration of American optimism and patriotism, a repowering of the national economy, a massive arms buildup deliberately forcing the "Evil Empire" of Soviet Communism to come to terms--nobody, let alone Reagan himself, could explain how he succeeded in shaping events to his will. And when Reagan's second term came to grips with some of the most fundamental moral issues of the late twentieth century--at Bitburg and Bergen-Belsen, at Geneva and Reykjavík,publicly outside the Brandenburg Gate ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"), and deep within the mother monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church, Morris realized that he had taken on a subject of epic dimensions. Thus began a long biographical pilgrimage to the heart of Ronald Reagan's mystery, beginning with his birth in 1911 in the heart of rural Illinois (where he is still remembered as "Dutch," the dreamy son of an alcoholic father and a fiercely religious mother) and progressing through the way stations of an amazingly varied career: young lifeguard (he saved seventy-seven lives), aspiring writer, ace sportscaster, film star, soldier,union leader, corporate spokesman, Governor, and President. Reagan granted Morris full access to his personal papers,

Language:

English

Length:

9h 1m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:45


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

11:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:36


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:54


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:42


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:23


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:52


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:19


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:04


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

10:00


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:33


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:11


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:56


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

09:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:31


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:08


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:17


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:50


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:12


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

09:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:44


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:53


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:55


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:40


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:04


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:11


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:19


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:03


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

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