Reagan: An American Journey

Reagan: An American Journey

From New York Times bestselling biographer Bob Spitz, a full and rich biography of an epic American life, capturing what made Ronald Reagan both so beloved and so transformational. More than five years in the making, based on hundreds of interviews and access to previously unavailable documents, and infused with irresistible storytelling charm, Bob Spitz's Reagan stands fai From New York Times bestselling biographer Bob Spitz, a full and rich biography of an epic American life, capturing w...

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  • Socraticgadfly
    Dec 24, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

  • Lisa
    Oct 28, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

    I like Reagan and I like to watch Reagan movies so it is no surprise that I am reading this book. The beginning of the book deals mainly with Reagan's family tree so to me that part was not very interesting. I really want to read more about the man and not the family. The book is now f...

    This book gives an interesting, in-depth account of the life of Ronald Reagan, from his boyhood in Illinois, his years as a radio sportscaster, his movie career, the presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, and his terms as governor of California and president of the United States. It wa...

    Yes, I read another Ronald Reagan biography. This one had a lot of insights I hadn't read before, particularly from Reagan's White House aides, which would have been interesting if I liked reading about office politics and personality conflicts. This biographer stuck to the facts and g...

  • Jennifer
    Feb 19, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

    I like Reagan and I like to watch Reagan movies so it is no surprise that I am reading this book. The beginning of the book deals mainly with Reagan's family tree so to me that part was not very interesting. I really want to read more about the man and not the family. The book is now f...

    This book gives an interesting, in-depth account of the life of Ronald Reagan, from his boyhood in Illinois, his years as a radio sportscaster, his movie career, the presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, and his terms as governor of California and president of the United States. It wa...

    Yes, I read another Ronald Reagan biography. This one had a lot of insights I hadn't read before, particularly from Reagan's White House aides, which would have been interesting if I liked reading about office politics and personality conflicts. This biographer stuck to the facts and g...

    Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a Reagan biography that is unbiased but his one does a pretty good job of sharing the facts. Both positive and negative. Reagan clearly had a big heart and that was a great thing but also led him into some poor decisions. Unlike other biogra...

    The most balanced biography of Reagan that I've read, but that doesn't mean it is without flaws. Coverage of his life before he entered politics was thorough and even, coverage of his governorship and presidency were not. Still an interesting read in trying to figure out why this guy w...

  • Vheissu
    Oct 10, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

  • Lee Woodruff
    Sep 25, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

  • Shawn Ryan
    Nov 26, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

  • Jeff
    Jan 15, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

  • Patrick
    Jan 19, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

    I like Reagan and I like to watch Reagan movies so it is no surprise that I am reading this book. The beginning of the book deals mainly with Reagan's family tree so to me that part was not very interesting. I really want to read more about the man and not the family. The book is now f...

    This book gives an interesting, in-depth account of the life of Ronald Reagan, from his boyhood in Illinois, his years as a radio sportscaster, his movie career, the presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, and his terms as governor of California and president of the United States. It wa...

    Yes, I read another Ronald Reagan biography. This one had a lot of insights I hadn't read before, particularly from Reagan's White House aides, which would have been interesting if I liked reading about office politics and personality conflicts. This biographer stuck to the facts and g...

    Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a Reagan biography that is unbiased but his one does a pretty good job of sharing the facts. Both positive and negative. Reagan clearly had a big heart and that was a great thing but also led him into some poor decisions. Unlike other biogra...

    The most balanced biography of Reagan that I've read, but that doesn't mean it is without flaws. Coverage of his life before he entered politics was thorough and even, coverage of his governorship and presidency were not. Still an interesting read in trying to figure out why this guy w...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for an ARC copy of Bob Spitz?s Reagan. I have always had a deep love for Reagan and his love for the American people. This in-depth portrait of his life would make a fantastic read for anyone. There was so much to appreciate about the man Reagan was, an...

    An excellent introduction (for me) into the life of one of the most interesting political careers in the 20th century. Whether or not you agree with the philosophies or policies of Reagan, you'd have to admit that this was a remarkable man who lived in extraordinary times. ...

  • Terence
    Nov 10, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

    I like Reagan and I like to watch Reagan movies so it is no surprise that I am reading this book. The beginning of the book deals mainly with Reagan's family tree so to me that part was not very interesting. I really want to read more about the man and not the family. The book is now f...

    This book gives an interesting, in-depth account of the life of Ronald Reagan, from his boyhood in Illinois, his years as a radio sportscaster, his movie career, the presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, and his terms as governor of California and president of the United States. It wa...

    Yes, I read another Ronald Reagan biography. This one had a lot of insights I hadn't read before, particularly from Reagan's White House aides, which would have been interesting if I liked reading about office politics and personality conflicts. This biographer stuck to the facts and g...

    Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a Reagan biography that is unbiased but his one does a pretty good job of sharing the facts. Both positive and negative. Reagan clearly had a big heart and that was a great thing but also led him into some poor decisions. Unlike other biogra...

  • Roger Smitter
    Jan 19, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

  • Ellen W
    Feb 22, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

  • John Tucci
    Jan 17, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

    I like Reagan and I like to watch Reagan movies so it is no surprise that I am reading this book. The beginning of the book deals mainly with Reagan's family tree so to me that part was not very interesting. I really want to read more about the man and not the family. The book is now f...

    This book gives an interesting, in-depth account of the life of Ronald Reagan, from his boyhood in Illinois, his years as a radio sportscaster, his movie career, the presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, and his terms as governor of California and president of the United States. It wa...

    Yes, I read another Ronald Reagan biography. This one had a lot of insights I hadn't read before, particularly from Reagan's White House aides, which would have been interesting if I liked reading about office politics and personality conflicts. This biographer stuck to the facts and g...

    Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a Reagan biography that is unbiased but his one does a pretty good job of sharing the facts. Both positive and negative. Reagan clearly had a big heart and that was a great thing but also led him into some poor decisions. Unlike other biogra...

    The most balanced biography of Reagan that I've read, but that doesn't mean it is without flaws. Coverage of his life before he entered politics was thorough and even, coverage of his governorship and presidency were not. Still an interesting read in trying to figure out why this guy w...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for an ARC copy of Bob Spitz?s Reagan. I have always had a deep love for Reagan and his love for the American people. This in-depth portrait of his life would make a fantastic read for anyone. There was so much to appreciate about the man Reagan was, an...

    An excellent introduction (for me) into the life of one of the most interesting political careers in the 20th century. Whether or not you agree with the philosophies or policies of Reagan, you'd have to admit that this was a remarkable man who lived in extraordinary times. ...

    I am not a Ronald Reagan fan, but this biography captured my attention. It was fast paced and entertaining. There was plenty of insight into the Reagan story and his personal character. Good read and I will be reading other works by the same writer. ...

    Finally completed this epic book. Saw it was new at the library and decided that now was a good time to learn about this oft' talked about man. Was not disappointed by this book. If you're willing to take on this large volume, I'd recommend it. ...

    AN excellent well researched book. ...

    A definitive one volume biography of Ronald Reagan. ...

  • Justin
    Nov 06, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

  • Tom Hill
    Jan 19, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

  • Marlan
    Nov 12, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

  • Steve
    Dec 12, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

  • Desiree
    Feb 19, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

    I like Reagan and I like to watch Reagan movies so it is no surprise that I am reading this book. The beginning of the book deals mainly with Reagan's family tree so to me that part was not very interesting. I really want to read more about the man and not the family. The book is now f...

    This book gives an interesting, in-depth account of the life of Ronald Reagan, from his boyhood in Illinois, his years as a radio sportscaster, his movie career, the presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, and his terms as governor of California and president of the United States. It wa...

    Yes, I read another Ronald Reagan biography. This one had a lot of insights I hadn't read before, particularly from Reagan's White House aides, which would have been interesting if I liked reading about office politics and personality conflicts. This biographer stuck to the facts and g...

    Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a Reagan biography that is unbiased but his one does a pretty good job of sharing the facts. Both positive and negative. Reagan clearly had a big heart and that was a great thing but also led him into some poor decisions. Unlike other biogra...

    The most balanced biography of Reagan that I've read, but that doesn't mean it is without flaws. Coverage of his life before he entered politics was thorough and even, coverage of his governorship and presidency were not. Still an interesting read in trying to figure out why this guy w...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for an ARC copy of Bob Spitz?s Reagan. I have always had a deep love for Reagan and his love for the American people. This in-depth portrait of his life would make a fantastic read for anyone. There was so much to appreciate about the man Reagan was, an...

  • Jason Park
    Nov 30, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

    I like Reagan and I like to watch Reagan movies so it is no surprise that I am reading this book. The beginning of the book deals mainly with Reagan's family tree so to me that part was not very interesting. I really want to read more about the man and not the family. The book is now f...

    This book gives an interesting, in-depth account of the life of Ronald Reagan, from his boyhood in Illinois, his years as a radio sportscaster, his movie career, the presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, and his terms as governor of California and president of the United States. It wa...

    Yes, I read another Ronald Reagan biography. This one had a lot of insights I hadn't read before, particularly from Reagan's White House aides, which would have been interesting if I liked reading about office politics and personality conflicts. This biographer stuck to the facts and g...

    Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a Reagan biography that is unbiased but his one does a pretty good job of sharing the facts. Both positive and negative. Reagan clearly had a big heart and that was a great thing but also led him into some poor decisions. Unlike other biogra...

    The most balanced biography of Reagan that I've read, but that doesn't mean it is without flaws. Coverage of his life before he entered politics was thorough and even, coverage of his governorship and presidency were not. Still an interesting read in trying to figure out why this guy w...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for an ARC copy of Bob Spitz?s Reagan. I have always had a deep love for Reagan and his love for the American people. This in-depth portrait of his life would make a fantastic read for anyone. There was so much to appreciate about the man Reagan was, an...

    An excellent introduction (for me) into the life of one of the most interesting political careers in the 20th century. Whether or not you agree with the philosophies or policies of Reagan, you'd have to admit that this was a remarkable man who lived in extraordinary times. ...

    I am not a Ronald Reagan fan, but this biography captured my attention. It was fast paced and entertaining. There was plenty of insight into the Reagan story and his personal character. Good read and I will be reading other works by the same writer. ...

    Finally completed this epic book. Saw it was new at the library and decided that now was a good time to learn about this oft' talked about man. Was not disappointed by this book. If you're willing to take on this large volume, I'd recommend it. ...

    AN excellent well researched book. ...

    A definitive one volume biography of Ronald Reagan. ...

    An excellent bio that also illuminates how Reagan became Reagan. Additionally, it provides clarity for many things I recall but did not know enough about politics and the real world to understand. But, most of all, this is an eminently readable book that leaves you with a great deal of...

    What makes a man wise? Reflections on the wisdom of the Oldest and the Wisest. My full review: https://medium.com/park-recommendatio... ...

  • Dave
    Sep 13, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

  • Michael Kelley
    Feb 02, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

    I like Reagan and I like to watch Reagan movies so it is no surprise that I am reading this book. The beginning of the book deals mainly with Reagan's family tree so to me that part was not very interesting. I really want to read more about the man and not the family. The book is now f...

    This book gives an interesting, in-depth account of the life of Ronald Reagan, from his boyhood in Illinois, his years as a radio sportscaster, his movie career, the presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, and his terms as governor of California and president of the United States. It wa...

    Yes, I read another Ronald Reagan biography. This one had a lot of insights I hadn't read before, particularly from Reagan's White House aides, which would have been interesting if I liked reading about office politics and personality conflicts. This biographer stuck to the facts and g...

    Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a Reagan biography that is unbiased but his one does a pretty good job of sharing the facts. Both positive and negative. Reagan clearly had a big heart and that was a great thing but also led him into some poor decisions. Unlike other biogra...

    The most balanced biography of Reagan that I've read, but that doesn't mean it is without flaws. Coverage of his life before he entered politics was thorough and even, coverage of his governorship and presidency were not. Still an interesting read in trying to figure out why this guy w...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for an ARC copy of Bob Spitz?s Reagan. I have always had a deep love for Reagan and his love for the American people. This in-depth portrait of his life would make a fantastic read for anyone. There was so much to appreciate about the man Reagan was, an...

    An excellent introduction (for me) into the life of one of the most interesting political careers in the 20th century. Whether or not you agree with the philosophies or policies of Reagan, you'd have to admit that this was a remarkable man who lived in extraordinary times. ...

    I am not a Ronald Reagan fan, but this biography captured my attention. It was fast paced and entertaining. There was plenty of insight into the Reagan story and his personal character. Good read and I will be reading other works by the same writer. ...

    Finally completed this epic book. Saw it was new at the library and decided that now was a good time to learn about this oft' talked about man. Was not disappointed by this book. If you're willing to take on this large volume, I'd recommend it. ...

    AN excellent well researched book. ...

  • Ben
    Nov 22, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

  • Joanne
    Feb 04, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

    I like Reagan and I like to watch Reagan movies so it is no surprise that I am reading this book. The beginning of the book deals mainly with Reagan's family tree so to me that part was not very interesting. I really want to read more about the man and not the family. The book is now f...

    This book gives an interesting, in-depth account of the life of Ronald Reagan, from his boyhood in Illinois, his years as a radio sportscaster, his movie career, the presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, and his terms as governor of California and president of the United States. It wa...

    Yes, I read another Ronald Reagan biography. This one had a lot of insights I hadn't read before, particularly from Reagan's White House aides, which would have been interesting if I liked reading about office politics and personality conflicts. This biographer stuck to the facts and g...

    Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a Reagan biography that is unbiased but his one does a pretty good job of sharing the facts. Both positive and negative. Reagan clearly had a big heart and that was a great thing but also led him into some poor decisions. Unlike other biogra...

    The most balanced biography of Reagan that I've read, but that doesn't mean it is without flaws. Coverage of his life before he entered politics was thorough and even, coverage of his governorship and presidency were not. Still an interesting read in trying to figure out why this guy w...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for an ARC copy of Bob Spitz?s Reagan. I have always had a deep love for Reagan and his love for the American people. This in-depth portrait of his life would make a fantastic read for anyone. There was so much to appreciate about the man Reagan was, an...

    An excellent introduction (for me) into the life of one of the most interesting political careers in the 20th century. Whether or not you agree with the philosophies or policies of Reagan, you'd have to admit that this was a remarkable man who lived in extraordinary times. ...

    I am not a Ronald Reagan fan, but this biography captured my attention. It was fast paced and entertaining. There was plenty of insight into the Reagan story and his personal character. Good read and I will be reading other works by the same writer. ...

    Finally completed this epic book. Saw it was new at the library and decided that now was a good time to learn about this oft' talked about man. Was not disappointed by this book. If you're willing to take on this large volume, I'd recommend it. ...

    AN excellent well researched book. ...

    A definitive one volume biography of Ronald Reagan. ...

    An excellent bio that also illuminates how Reagan became Reagan. Additionally, it provides clarity for many things I recall but did not know enough about politics and the real world to understand. But, most of all, this is an eminently readable book that leaves you with a great deal of...

  • Joseph J.
    Dec 14, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

  • Robin Case
    Jan 14, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

    I like Reagan and I like to watch Reagan movies so it is no surprise that I am reading this book. The beginning of the book deals mainly with Reagan's family tree so to me that part was not very interesting. I really want to read more about the man and not the family. The book is now f...

    This book gives an interesting, in-depth account of the life of Ronald Reagan, from his boyhood in Illinois, his years as a radio sportscaster, his movie career, the presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, and his terms as governor of California and president of the United States. It wa...

    Yes, I read another Ronald Reagan biography. This one had a lot of insights I hadn't read before, particularly from Reagan's White House aides, which would have been interesting if I liked reading about office politics and personality conflicts. This biographer stuck to the facts and g...

    Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a Reagan biography that is unbiased but his one does a pretty good job of sharing the facts. Both positive and negative. Reagan clearly had a big heart and that was a great thing but also led him into some poor decisions. Unlike other biogra...

    The most balanced biography of Reagan that I've read, but that doesn't mean it is without flaws. Coverage of his life before he entered politics was thorough and even, coverage of his governorship and presidency were not. Still an interesting read in trying to figure out why this guy w...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for an ARC copy of Bob Spitz?s Reagan. I have always had a deep love for Reagan and his love for the American people. This in-depth portrait of his life would make a fantastic read for anyone. There was so much to appreciate about the man Reagan was, an...

    An excellent introduction (for me) into the life of one of the most interesting political careers in the 20th century. Whether or not you agree with the philosophies or policies of Reagan, you'd have to admit that this was a remarkable man who lived in extraordinary times. ...

    I am not a Ronald Reagan fan, but this biography captured my attention. It was fast paced and entertaining. There was plenty of insight into the Reagan story and his personal character. Good read and I will be reading other works by the same writer. ...

  • Jose Vitela
    Dec 29, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

  • Ronald J.
    Dec 26, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

  • Paul
    Feb 12, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

    I like Reagan and I like to watch Reagan movies so it is no surprise that I am reading this book. The beginning of the book deals mainly with Reagan's family tree so to me that part was not very interesting. I really want to read more about the man and not the family. The book is now f...

  • Joe Keefhaver
    Jan 10, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

    I like Reagan and I like to watch Reagan movies so it is no surprise that I am reading this book. The beginning of the book deals mainly with Reagan's family tree so to me that part was not very interesting. I really want to read more about the man and not the family. The book is now f...

    This book gives an interesting, in-depth account of the life of Ronald Reagan, from his boyhood in Illinois, his years as a radio sportscaster, his movie career, the presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, and his terms as governor of California and president of the United States. It wa...

  • Will Clemmons
    Feb 09, 2019

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...

    I've been looking for a good non-partisan book on Reagan. Iwan Morgan's book Reagan: An American Icon was very good but a little short on details. I thought Spitz' book would fulfill my search and for two-thirds of the book it did a nice job. Then it got into the presidency. This bo...

    After reading several biographies of Reagan, this is definitely in the top tier. Spitz does an excellent job in describing Reagan?s rise from small town Illinois to the governorship of California. Spitz?s past biographies on the Beatles and Julia Child give him insight into how ...

    While there are multiple books about President Reagan, this one gives us the most early events that shaped his life. Spitz gives us plenty of info about the Reagan family and his school years. We get some insights into his relaitons with his siblings as well as his parents. His life is...

    Spitz's "Regan: An American Journey" is a fantastic overview of the life and times of the late President, Ronald Reagan. Democrats will likely believe it was not sufficiently critical given so many of the Reagan's misgivings. Nevertheless, whether democrat, conservative, or neutral, th...

    I enjoy reading biographies and this is one of my least favorites that I?ve read. First, Bob Spitz rarely gives you dates in his narrative, so you?ll be going along and have no idea if Reagan is 22 or 82. This is probably more of a pet peeve, but it was annoying. Second, I f...

    A couple of things about this biography of Ronald Reagan. First, Mr Spitz is fairly thorough in covering the span of President Reagan life. Second, it is obvious that he is not a fan of one of our most popular presidents. His narration of the problems in the eight years of President Re...

    I like Reagan and I like to watch Reagan movies so it is no surprise that I am reading this book. The beginning of the book deals mainly with Reagan's family tree so to me that part was not very interesting. I really want to read more about the man and not the family. The book is now f...

    This book gives an interesting, in-depth account of the life of Ronald Reagan, from his boyhood in Illinois, his years as a radio sportscaster, his movie career, the presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, and his terms as governor of California and president of the United States. It wa...

    Yes, I read another Ronald Reagan biography. This one had a lot of insights I hadn't read before, particularly from Reagan's White House aides, which would have been interesting if I liked reading about office politics and personality conflicts. This biographer stuck to the facts and g...

    Unfortunately, it can be hard to find a Reagan biography that is unbiased but his one does a pretty good job of sharing the facts. Both positive and negative. Reagan clearly had a big heart and that was a great thing but also led him into some poor decisions. Unlike other biogra...

    The most balanced biography of Reagan that I've read, but that doesn't mean it is without flaws. Coverage of his life before he entered politics was thorough and even, coverage of his governorship and presidency were not. Still an interesting read in trying to figure out why this guy w...

    Thanks to Penguin Random House for an ARC copy of Bob Spitz?s Reagan. I have always had a deep love for Reagan and his love for the American people. This in-depth portrait of his life would make a fantastic read for anyone. There was so much to appreciate about the man Reagan was, an...

    An excellent introduction (for me) into the life of one of the most interesting political careers in the 20th century. Whether or not you agree with the philosophies or policies of Reagan, you'd have to admit that this was a remarkable man who lived in extraordinary times. ...

    I am not a Ronald Reagan fan, but this biography captured my attention. It was fast paced and entertaining. There was plenty of insight into the Reagan story and his personal character. Good read and I will be reading other works by the same writer. ...

    Finally completed this epic book. Saw it was new at the library and decided that now was a good time to learn about this oft' talked about man. Was not disappointed by this book. If you're willing to take on this large volume, I'd recommend it. ...

  • Chad King
    Oct 25, 2018

    Spitz has provided us with really the definitive biography of Reagan, the man. The book is carefully researched, thorough, and painstakingly filled with detail. Especially of note are the chapters about Reagan?s early formative years in the small prairie towns, working as a lifeguard...

    https://bestpresidentialbios.com/2018... Published in late 2018, Bob Spitz?s ?Reagan: An American Journey? is the most recently-published biography of Ronald Reagan. Spitz is a journalist and author whose previous best-selling books include ?Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Ju...

    It's difficult for me to be objective about Ronald Reagan the man, much less a good biography of him, which this certainly is. I've read several biographies of the Gipper, most memorably Edmund Morris's Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan , and I find it impossible to reconcile the man w...

    Kevin Williamson at National Review thought this book was unreadable. I think he panned it in a review somewhere. I won?t go that far. It?s certainly not the best of the Reagan biographies, but it?s thorough and I found quite fair, though the author is obviously of the left, and ...

    A three-star treatment of a five-star President. I enjoyed the book while finding it uneven in quality. For example, Spitz covers the CA gubernatorial race and the assassination attempt superbly, but his grasp of economics is weak, and it shows. A worthwhile read, but I?ll also dig i...

    Good, thorough book, well written. Only critique was skipping over the positive economic triumphs in the 80s. ...

    The accomplished and talented author of the best-selling Julia Child biography ?Dearie,? turns his attention to detail and story-telling skills to the subject of Ronald ?Dutch? Reagan. Conducting exhaustive interviews over a five-year period and with access to previous unavaila...

    This book is almost five-star at the front half, but three-star at the back half. I was leaning 3.5 stars, but, of course, we still can't do half-star reviews, so I bumped down to 3. Why not split the difference at 4, per my first paragraph? Because that split starts in 1980, ...

    This was an outstanding biography of Reagan. Covered his early life, and his very modest upbringing in Illinois, and his rise through radio (as a sports announcer) and years in Hollywood extremely well. It seems to me a fair and balanced portrait -- neither a fluff piece nor a hit piec...

    This is a very thorough and readable biography. It focuses as much-more-on Reagan's formative pre-Presidential years as on the White House. Because of Spitz's previous works on Julia Child and the Beatles I expected more of a celebrity bio flavor. But the research is serious and source...

    Love him or hate him, Reagan left an indelible mark on America and his legacy continues to reverberate nearly 40 years after he won the US Presidency. Spitz digs deep for this biography, and does an exceptional job of describing Reagan the boy, Reagan the actor, Reagan the husband, Rea...