Thursday, July 2, 2015

Book Beginning: Reagan: The Life by H. W. Brands


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Reagan remembered three things from his childhood: that his father was a drunk, that his mother was a saint, and that his ability to make an audience laugh afforded an antidote to life's insecurities and embarrassments.

-- Reagan: The Life by H. W. Brands.

Brand's new biography of Ronald Reagan is concise, lively, and engaging. With newly available archival materials and interviews, Reagan deserves space on any history-buff's shelf.


fredamans said...

I bet that is a fascinating book!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I love a good memoir...this one looks tempting.

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Sounds like promising memoir!

Anne Bennett said...

This is a really well constructed first sentence.

Elizabeth said...

I don't usually read memoirs, but this sounds good.

ENJOY the book and the weekend.

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Diane Coto said...

I'm a fan of Ronald Regan's legacy. Nice beginning on this bio.
@dino0726 from 
FictionZeal - Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

So many have made fun of Reagan, but I really liked him. Sounds like a good book. I would love for you to visit me at

JC Jones said...

At least he had 2 good memories.

Juli Witte said...

I have to be honest and say that I don't know a lot about Reagan apart from the basics but that I've never been able to work out how I really feel about him. I really like this beginning though and it makes me curious to learn more about him! Consider me well teased ;) Thanks for hosting :) I hope you have a great weekend!
Juli @ Universe in Words

Katherine P said...

This sounds interesting. I've always like Reagan and getting a more inside look would be fascinating.

Stormi Johnson said...

I bet that is a great book, I always liked Reagan. :)

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