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Dutch : a memoir of Ronald Reagan

Author: Edmund Morris
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"When Ronald Reagan moved into the White House in 1981, one of his first literary guests was Edmund Morris, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Theodore Roosevelt. Morris developed a fascination for the genial yet inscrutable President and, after Reagan's landslide reelection in 1984, put aside the second volume of his life of Roosevelt to become an observing eye and ear at the White House." "Thus began a long  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Morris, Edmund.
Dutch.
New York : Random House, ©1999
(OCoLC)607081574
Online version:
Morris, Edmund.
Dutch.
New York : Random House, ©1999
(OCoLC)607673663
Named Person: Ronald Reagan; Ronald Reagan; Ronald Reagan; Ronald Reagan; Ronald Reagan
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edmund Morris
ISBN: 0394555082 9780394555089
OCLC Number: 39633448
Notes: Contains genuine and fictional characters.
Description: xx, 874 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The land of lost things --
The rainbow on the roof --
A dark form half hidden in the snow --
A world elsewhere --
Chimes at midnight --
Air and water --
The indifferent figure in the sand: a review --
Long blue shadows --
Inside story --
Love is on the air --
On the beach with Ronnie and Jane --
A lonely impulse of delight --
The end of the beginning --
Celluloid commandos --
The regeneration of the world --
Star power: a dialogue --
Down the divide: Four short scenarios --
Red or palest pink: a letter --
This dismal wilderness --
INTERMISSION --
And then along came Nancy --
The unexplored mystery of ploughed ground --
Remember old Ma Reagan: A studio interview, 1954 --
Ladies and gentlemen of the California Fertilizer Association: a speech --
Dark days --
Reagan Country --
A sixty-year-old smiling public man --
The ripple effect --
I, Ronald Wilson Reagan --
Back into the iron vest --
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance --
Physicians of memory --
Almost Air Force One --
One on one --
Explosions --
The beginning of the end --
Album leaves, 1987-1988 --
The shining city.
Responsibility: Edmund Morris.
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"When Ronald Reagan moved into the White House in 1981, one of his first literary guests was Edmund Morris, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Theodore Roosevelt. Morris developed a fascination for the genial yet inscrutable President and, after Reagan's landslide reelection in 1984, put aside the second volume of his life of Roosevelt to become an observing eye and ear at the White House." "Thus began a long biographical pilgrimage to the heart of Ronald Reagan's mystery, beginning with his birth in 1911 in the depths of rural Illinois (where he is still remembered as "Dutch," the dreamy son of an alcoholic father and a fiercely religious mother) and progressing through the way stations of an amazingly varied career: young lifeguard (he saved seventy-seven lives), aspiring writer, ace sportscaster, film star, soldier, union leader, corporate spokesman, Governor, and President. Reagan granted Morris full access to his personal papers, including early autobiographical stories and a handwritten White House diary." "During thirteen years of obsessive archival research and interviews with Reagan and his family, friends, admirers and enemies (the book's enormous dramatis personae includes such varied characters as Mikhail Gorbachev, Michelangelo Antonioni, Elie Wiesel, Mario Savio, Francois Mitterrand, Grant Wood, and Zippy the Pinhead), Morris lived what amounted to a doppelganger life, studying the young "Dutch," the middle-aged Cold Warrior, and the septuagenarian Chief Executive with a closeness and dispassion, not to mention alternations of amusement, horror, and amazed respect, unmatched by any other presidential biographer."--Jacket.

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