"General Secretary Gorbachev," Reagan declared in front of the Brandenburg Gate, "if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate! . . . Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"-- Reagan: The Life by H. W. Brands. With his crisp style and ability to cogently organize mountains of information, Brands once again proves his ability as a master biographer.
I'm a big fan of Steven Hayward's two-volume Reagan biography, and I wouldn't give that one up. But at half the pages, this one is a more approachable introduction for readers looking for their first Reagan biography. And with newly available archival materials and interviews, even Hayward fans like me will want to make room on the shelf for Brand's robust new portrait of Ronald Reagan.
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