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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ronald Reagan  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: February 6, 1911 in Tampico, Illinois

Died: June 5, 2004 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California

-- Ronald Reagan on the White House Website --
-- The Living Legacy of Ronald Reagan at Eureka College --
-- Wikipedia --
-- Ronald Reagan on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois and briefly lived in several towns and cities in Illinois, including Monmouth, Galesburg, Dixon and Chicago. He attended Dixon High School and attended Eureka College in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the thirty-third Governor of California (1967–1975). After graduating from Eureka College in 1932, Reagan went to Iowa to audition for jobs at small-town radio stations. He got a job broadcasting University of Iowa home football games for the Hawkeyes. Soon after, a staff announcer's job opened at radio station WOC in Davenport, and Reagan was hired. He soon moved to WHO radio in Des Moines as an announcer for Chicago Cubs baseball games.While traveling with the Cubs in California, Reagan took a screen test in 1937 that led to a seven-year contract with Warner Brothers studios. He spent the majority of his Hollywood career acting in "B" films.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Where's the Rest of Me? The Autobiography of Ronald Reagan
ISBN: 0918294169

Karz Pubs. 1981

President Reagan recounts his childhood, education, acting career, two marriages, and the events that shaped his political philosophy

Ronald Reagan: In God I Trust
ISBN: 0842357041

Tyndale House Publishers. 1984

Ronald Reagan, a man true to his word

National Federation of Republican Women. 1985

The Common Sense of an Uncommon Man: The Wit, Wisdom, and Eternal Optimism of Ronald Reagan
ISBN: 0785275487

Thomas Nelson Inc. 1998

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An American Life
ISBN: 0743400259

Gallery Books. 1999

In this remarkable autobiography, Ronald Reagan presents a definitive personal account of his historic presidency. With uncompromising candor, modesty, and wit, he tells the story of his life -- public and private -- and reveals the events that shaped his reluctant candidacy and the decision-making process that led to his first nomination the unseen dangers of Gorbachev's first visit to America startling facts about top-secret meetings involving heads of state his frustrations with Congress and his relationships with the members of his Cabinet. Here are the behind-the-scenes details of the great themes and dramatic crises marking Reagan's eight years in office, from Lebanon to Grenada, from the struggle to achieve arms control to tax reform, and his unprecedented personal diplomacy with major foreign leaders. His narrative is full of new insights and often surprising revelations regarding his innermost feelings about life in the White House, the assassination attempt, his family -- and the enduring love between him and his wife Nancy. An American Life is an inspiring American success story, a brilliant self-portrait, and a compelling and significant work of history.

Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation (New edition/issue)
ISBN: 0964112531

New Regency Pub. 2001

This is a new edition of the dynamic book first published in 1983 the only book to be published by a U.S. President while he held office.

With new photos and all new supporting materials, the original work by President Reagan shines with a timeless, poetic beauty. At a time when concerted efforts are being made to excise President Reagan's legacy from history, his prophetic view of the sanctity of human life, and his commitment to the "integrity of the human person" stands as a beacon of moral leadership.

Contributions from Wanda Franz, Ph.D., President of the National Right to Life Committee Brian P. Johnston, California Commissioner on Aging and the Honorable William Clark, Chief of Staff to then-Governor Reagan, National Security Advisor to the President, Secretary of the Interior, and the man whom Edmund Morris, official Reagan biographer, called, "the most important member of both Reagan administrations, and the man spiritually closest to the President."

Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America
ISBN: 074320123X

Free Press. 2001

Presents a collection of never-before-seen annotated documents that prove that Ronald Reagan served as the intellectual architect of the 1980s prosperity and of the strategy that won the Cold War. 50,000 first printing.

The Greatest Speeches of Ronald Reagan
ISBN: 0971680744

Humanix Books. 2003

Ronald Wilson Reagan, the fortieth president of the United States, was also one of America'a greatest orators. Known as The Great Communicator,he shared his vision of the greatness of America while guiding the nation to an unprecedented prosperity and renewed vigor.

When President Reagan assumed the presidency in 1981, America?s economy ebbed with 12 percent inflation and 8 million unemployed. Reagan?s predecessor spoke of a national malaise. Abroad, America?s adversary, the Soviet Union, was expanding its influence. The Soviet Union?s nuclear weapons capability surpassed that of the United States and previous nuclear arms treaties were failures.

President Reagan?s goals were simple: to reduce the size of the federal government, lower taxes, stabilize the economy, restore the belief of the American people in their government ? and win the Cold War. When President Reagan left office in 1989, these goals had been achieved:

Americans were enjoying the longest uninterrupted span of prosperity in the nation?s history.

After a massive military build-up, the largest in peace-time, President Reagan had negotiated a nuclear arms treaty that greatly reduced the threat of nuclear war. By expanding the military, he achieved peace through strength and set the stage for the demise of the Soviet Union.

From the time he arrived on the political scene in 1964-throughout his presidency and beyond, Ronald Reagan ? used his speeches to inspire and reinvigorate America. When he spoke, Reagan said, he was preaching a sermon. The American people saw his vision of America and his dreams for the future and they overwhelmingly responded he was re-elected in 1984 by the largest number of electoral votes in the nation?s history.

Here in this collection of twenty-eight speeches spanning the Reagan era, you may read for yourself his inspirational sermons. From his first speech in the political arena in 1964 to his Last Letter To America, informing Americans of his Alzheimer?s disease, Ronald Reagan?s words show a profound belief in God, freedom, individualism, limited government, and his great love for his country.

Reagan: A Life In Letters
ISBN: 074321966X

Free Press. 2003

A collection of letters from the former president's extensive correspondence library offers insight into his public and private life of more than seventy years, from his early financial struggles and Hollywood achievements to his political career and personal relationships. 125,000 first printing.

Speaking My Mind: Selected Speeches
ISBN: 0743271114

Simon & Schuster. 2004

Chosen and annotated by the president himself, these speeches collect his concerns, his political philosophy, the triumphs, and the challenges, of his eight years in office.

The Reagan Diaries
ISBN: 0007263058

Harpercollins. 2007

During his two terms as the fortieth president of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. Now, nearly two decades after he left office, this remarkable record—the only daily presidential diary in American history—is available for the first time.

Brought together in one volume and edited by historian Douglas Brinkley, The Reagan Diaries provides a striking insight into one of this nation's most important presidencies and sheds new light on the character of a true American leader. Whether he was in his White House residence study or aboard Air Force One, each night Reagan wrote about the events of his day, which often included his relationships with other world leaders Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II, Mohammar al-Qaddafi, and Margaret Thatcher, among others, and the unforgettable moments that defined the era—from his first inauguration to the end of the Cold War, the Iran hostage crisis to John Hinckley Jr.'s assassination attempt.

The Reagan Diaries reveals more than just Reagan's political experiences: many entries are concerned with the president's private thoughts and feelings—his love and devotion for Nancy Reagan and their family, his belief in God and the power of prayer. Seldom before has the American public been given access to the unfiltered experiences and opinions of a president in his own words, from Reagan's description of near-drowning at the home of Hollywood friend Claudette Colbert to his determination to fight Fidel Castro at every turn and keep the Caribbean Sea from becoming a "Red Lake."

To read these diaries—filled with Reagan's trademark wit, sharp intelligence, and humor—is to gain a unique understanding of one of the most beloved occupants of the Oval Office in our nation's history.