My Father at 100 by Ron Reagan

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8 Critic Reviews

But memory, and therefore memoir, tends to be a radioactive Pandora's box, and "My Father at 100" lives best in its indelible dramas of hurt, love and loss.
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Synopsis

A moving memoir of the beloved fortieth president of the United States, by his son.

February 6, 2011, is the one hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth. To mark the occasion, Ron Reagan has written My Father at 100, an intimate look at the life of his father-one of the most popular presidents in American history-told from the perspective of someone who knew Ronald Reagan better than any adviser, friend, or colleague. As he grew up under his father's watchful gaze, he observed the very qualities that made the future president a powerful leader. Yet for all of their shared experiences of horseback rides and touch football games, there was much that Ron never knew about his father's past, and in My Father at 100, he sets out to understand this beloved, if often enigmatic, figure who turned his early tribulations into a stunning political career.

Since his death in 2004, President Reagan has been a galvanizing force that personifies the values of an older America and represents an important era in national history. Ron Reagan traces the sources of these values in his father's early years and offers a heartfelt portrait of a man and his country-and his personal memories of the president he knew as "Dad."
 

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RON REAGAN is the son of President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. A political commentator for MSNBC, he was formerly a talk-radio host and chief political analyst for KIRO radio in Seattle and the host of Air America's The Ron Reagan Show. He has written for numerous magazines.
 
Published January 18, 2011 by Plume. 243 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Dec 30 2010

Ronald Reagan’s son seeks to understand his father by researching his formative years...A worthy memoir, given what might seem at first a superfluous quest for understanding.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Jan 27 2011

...on the occasion of what would have been the former president’s 100th birthday, his youngest son, Ron Reagan, has written a deeply felt memoir...

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Richard Rayner on Jan 16 2011

But memory, and therefore memoir, tends to be a radioactive Pandora's box, and "My Father at 100" lives best in its indelible dramas of hurt, love and loss.

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Christian Science Monitor

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Reviewed by Randy Dotinga on Jan 18 2011

Ultimately, Reagan comes across as a nice guy with an overly sunny view of the world, a man who disappointed those closest to him but still retained their love. For a man whose critics accused him of being too simple-minded, his persona remains complex and curious.

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The Seattle Times

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Reviewed by Steve Weinberg on Feb 03 2011

I have been a determined detractor of Reagan as president. But I always found him interesting, and Ron Reagan’s memoir feeds that interest.

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Tampa Bay Times

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Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on Feb 05 2011

He describes his father's last years with compassion and grace, mourning his losses of pleasures, like riding, and connections — eventually, he didn't recognize his son — without any ugly details. And he recounts Reagan's death with love and dignity.

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Chron.com

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Reviewed by Dave Sowders on Jan 23 2011

Part memoir and part family research project, My Father at 100 does not unpack all of Ronald Reagan’s secrets. But Ron Regan has given us some valuable insights. He has given us Dutch.

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Keizertimes

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Reviewed by Terri Schlichenmeyer on Jan 17 2011

If you’re looking for a political biography, “My Father at 100” probably won’t satisfy you. If you want something that’s 10% politics and 90% personal, though, you’ll find this book to be 100% perfect.

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