Magazine May 9, 2016, Issue

A Man of Strategic Vision

Ronald Reagan by Jacob Weisberg (Times, 208 pp., $25)

Ronald Reagan was good for the United States of America. He’s also been a boon to the publishing industry, with the number of Reagan titles now exceeding 1,000. The Reagan presidency casts a long shadow. Perhaps because of our country’s present plight, there is a growing realization across the political spectrum that Reagan as president made a constructive difference.

Jacob Weisberg realizes this, too, although he’s not quite sure how it happened. His book is the latest in the American Presidents series, created by the historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. and now edited by Sean Wilentz, which aims “to present the

Lou Cannon — Mr. Cannon is the author of Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD.

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy


The attempt to better understand the complex and elusive connections between the personal and the political realms in our psyche is a worthwhile endeavor.


Politics & Policy


ONE FLOWER One flower stands for beauty, two for hope. More buds begin their version of cross-talk With tangled leaf and strong, supporting stalk. Subject to breeze, they sway but somehow cope. Shadows of butterflies, ...
Politics & Policy


The VOA’s Unfulfilled Promise As a former Voice of America manager responsible for launching the VOA Ukrainian TV program hosted by Myroslava Gongadze, I applaud Jay Nordlinger for his article on ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Is there anything insulting we can say about New York? ‐ The New York Post, for decades a conservative opinion leader with a brash, Gotham accent, endorsed Donald Trump for ...


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