An American Life
Here are the behind-the-scenes details of the great themes and dramatic crises marking Reagan’s eight years in office, from Lebanon to Grenada, from the struggle to achieve arms control to tax reform, and his unprecedented personal diplomacy with major foreign leaders. His narrative is full of new insights and often surprising revelations regarding his innermost feelings about life in the White House, the assassination attempt, his family—and the enduring love between him and his wife Nancy.
An American Life is an inspiring American success story, a brilliant self-portrait, and a compelling and significant work of history.
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If I'd gotten the job I wanted at Montgomery Ward, I suppose I would never have left Illinois.
I've often wondered at how lives are shaped by what seem like small and inconsequential events, how an apparently random turn in the road can lead you a long way from where you intended to go -- and a long way from wherever you expected to go. For me, the first of these turns occurred in the summer of 1932, in the abyss of the Depression.
They were cheerless, desperate days. I don't think anyone who did not live through the Depression can ever understand how difficult it was. In the words of Franklin D....
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