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Reagan in His Own Voice Audiobook

Reagan in His Own Voice: Ronald Reagan's Radio Addresses

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Why we think it's Essential: This collection of short radio addresses written and read by Ronald Reagan demonstrate why, as President, he was called "the great communicator". His clear and straight-forward manner, his empathy for ordinary people, and his personal warmth come across loud and clear. These pre-presidency talks reveal many of the ideas and themes that made Reagan so popular as president. Adding context to the radio addresses are Nancy Reagan, George Schultz, and others from Reagan's inner circle. —Beth Anderson

Publisher's Summary

From 1975 to 1979 Ronald Reagan gave more than 1,000 daily radio broadcasts, the great majority of which he wrote himself. This program represents the opening of a major archive of pre-presidential material from the Reagan Library and the Hoover Institution Archives. These addresses transform our image of Ronald Reagan, and enhance and revise our understanding of the late 1970s - a time when Reagan held no political office, but was nonetheless mapping out a strategy to transform the economy, end the Cold War, and create a vision of America that would propel him to the presidency.

These radio programs demonstrate that Reagan had carefully considered nearly every issue he would face as president. Reagan's radio broadcasts would change his reputation even among his closest friends and allies. Here, in his own voice, Reagan the thinker is finally fully revealed.

Reagan's radio addresses are introduced by George Schultz and feature additional introductions by Nancy Reagan, Richard V. Allen, Judge William Clark, Michael Deaver, Peter Hannaford, Edwin Meese III and Harry O'Connor.

©2001 The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Alll Rights Reserved; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    K 09-13-15
    K 09-13-15
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    "Presidential Perfection"

    These radio addresses have intrinsic value in history. The recordings show a down to earth president with a love for America that is NOT seen in the politicians of today. Thank you Ronald Reagan.

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    brian 04-21-15
    brian 04-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A look back at a future President."
    Where does Reagan in His Own Voice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Rather good.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I was unaware that Reagan did these sorts of things after leaving the California Governor's office.


    Which character – as performed by Ronald Reagan – was your favorite?

    Reagan of course, and the lead ins by his former advisers and wife were a nice touch.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A must-have for any history, politics, or Reagan buffs or fans.

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    Maura 12-29-14
    Maura 12-29-14
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    "Wished it was his own voice"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Too much of the audio book was others commenting on Reagan and also often just snippets of his writing. Would have preferred selected radio pieces read in their entirety. Would have been much better


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    no. it mostly interfered


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    J. Waggoner Chicago, IL USA 01-14-11
    J. Waggoner Chicago, IL USA 01-14-11 Member Since 2013
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    "I only wish it were longer!"

    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.

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    Jeanine Glenwood, IL, USA 09-12-08
    Jeanine Glenwood, IL, USA 09-12-08
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    "As Significant Now As It Was Then"

    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.

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    Douglas USA 01-02-06
    Douglas USA 01-02-06
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    "Worth a years subcsription in its self"

    A great way to hear the thaught and feeling of one of the greatest men of our time.

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    John Baltimore, MD, USA 12-16-05
    John Baltimore, MD, USA 12-16-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Reagan's Intellect Revealed"

    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.

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    08-31-04 Member Since 2016
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    "Must read, regardless of politics"

    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.

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    Darwin Imperial, PA, USA 07-07-04
    Darwin Imperial, PA, USA 07-07-04
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    "Incredible insights to an incredible man!"

    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!

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    Matthew Macomb Twp, MI, USA 06-26-04
    Matthew Macomb Twp, MI, USA 06-26-04
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    "A Great Insight"

    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.

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