Magazine December 17, 2018, Issue

An Epic American Life

Ronald Reagan meets with the New York Giants football team after their Super Bowl XXI victory, February 13, 1987. (Ronald Reagan Presidential Library )
Reagan: An American Journey, by Bob Spitz (Penguin Press, 880 pp., $35)

Is there a place for a new 880-page biography of Ronald Reagan, the subject of more biographical studies than any other American president, with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln?

After all, there are Steven F. Hayward’s comprehensive two-volume political biography, The Age of Reagan; Craig Shirley’s scrupulously detailed chronicles of the 1980 and 1984 presidential campaigns; Ed Meese’s insider account of his years with Governor and then President Reagan; Edmund Morris’s fictionalized but often insightful “authorized” biography; journalist Lou Cannon’s rightly praised trilogy; and other works sufficient to fill a Barnes and Noble display window.

So, should we bother to

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Lifestyle Section

Books, Arts & Manners


Gun Country

David French reviews First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun, by David Harsanyi.




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