|Pages/Publication Date:||816 / 2015|
Confident and pragmatic, Ronald Reagan engineered a conservative revolution in American politics and played a crucial role in ending communism in the Soviet Union. But who was the 40th president? Also the biographer of Andrew Jackson and Franklin Roosevelt, H.W. Brands follows the young Reagan as he becomes a radio announcer, a movie star, governor of California, and president. Employing rare archival sources and drawing on dozens of interviews with members of Reagan's administration, Brands offers new insights into Reagan's management style and fractious West Wing staff, his deft handling of public sentiment to transform the tax code, and his misunderstood relationship with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.