Thursday, December 10, 2015
Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan, a review
I admit before writing this review that if one were to ask my opinion of who were the greatest presidents in U.S. History... I would say George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan.
Those younger than myself may not remember the turmoil of the 1970s and that feeling in the country that America was entering the 1980s on the cusp of losing its' greatness. There was a reason that during this time the original "preppers" movement began.
However, something happened (or should I say "someone") to change all of that. Ronald Reagan was elected president to the great astonishment of many in politics.
There have been many books written about Reagan, two of them by the author of this book, Craig Shirley. However, I cannot recall any other book (or in depth article) written about those years after Reagan left office. Those are the years covered in Last Act.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the details of Reagan's years after leaving the Presidency, how Nancy and other family members dealt with his Alzheimer, the events surrounding his State funeral, and most of all... how his legacy is being fulfilled. For even his haters had to later admit (or most of them were honest) that he had been the right man for the job at that time. It is full of stories that take us behind the scenes of all the important events.
This books reads like a very interesting novel and it is apparent the author has quite an affection for the former president. I liked that. Some biographers are simply writing about their subject... I felt Mr. Shirley was writing about his old friend.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about Ronald Reagan or simply is interested in that time of our history as a nation. You will enjoy the reading.
This book was provided by the publisher for review but the opinions are my own.
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