This is a wonderful window into the mind of Ronald Reagan during the interval between his time as Governor of California and his run for the Presidency in 1980. Since all the addresses were written by him with no ghost writing or editing by staffers, you get the "real stuff" - the authentic Ronald Reagan, speaking on a wide range of topics, from the Cold War to the loneliness of travel on the road. He had such a wonderful speaking voice, and these three-minute gems were so good, I just wish there were more of them here. (The commentary by former staff members was very insightful, however, and is certainly not "filler.")
You will find that, had you listened to these little speeches in the last half of the 1970s, you would have known exactly how Reagan would behave as President - he laid out, carefully and with great clarity of thought, what he believed about American exceptionalism, the growth of the the Federal government, international relations, abortion, personal courage, and a host of other topics. This recording shows you a wise, principled, articulate man. If you were a fan of Reagan before, you will be more so after listening; if you weren't, you will be amazed at how wrong you were in your beliefs. I cannot recommend this audiobook more highly. The regular audio CD version is apparently out of print; get it in the downloadable version. Tell your friends to get it...and better yet, get it for your children and grandchildren, so they can know what kind of dreams Americans can have and how they can make them come true.
What a wonderful collection of Ronald Reagan's radio programs. Naturally, by virtue of passing time, some of the subject matter is dated. But the ideas, and many of his solutions are as significant now as they were then.
Reagan's views and philosophies are such a breath of fresh air and truly strengthened my conservative resolve. He was loved and respected, and one listen will show you why.
I was truly amazed to find that he wrote virtually all his talks and speeches.
This is a book I highly recommend. When you listen you will know that you are listening to a voice for all time.
Outstanding! Dismisses the myth that Ronald Reagan was not an intellect. Hearing President Reagan’s approach to world and domestic events reveals why he changed the world and was our greatest modern President.
I just love to listen to authors read their own works in their own voices. This one contains a part of history. It's President Regan's radio talks between the time he lost the Republication nomination in 1976, to the time of his nomination, and ultimate victory over Jimmy Carter in 1980. Each of the radio talks deals with a part of history that has its impact on the economics, and politics of today. Regan's personal stories of his contacts and development of his policies in that interim are truly prophetic. It is also a delight to learn that he did all the research and writing of his radio shows (and speaches) himself. Each radio talk contains a window of insight to Regan's thought process in continuing his effort to his presidential election. He never gave up. It is a great inspiration.
This is an absolutely fascinating title! There is nothing like listening to Ronald Reagan's own distinctive voice giving life to his views and announcing to the nation--well before he became president--exactly what he believes and the views he will promote when he does attain that office. Hindsight is 20/20, but anybody who heard these radio segments before Mr. Reagan became president would have had 20/20 foresight as well. My already substantial respect for this great man increased fourfold after hearing this title!
This set of essays gives a great insight into the character, ideas, and intellect of Ronald Reagan. It proves that all of the things he spoke of as President were indeed his own ideas expressed in his own words.