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Reagan in His Own Voice: Ronald Reagan's Radio Addresses | [Ronald Reagan]

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

From 1975 to 1979 Ronald Reagan gave more than 1,000 daily radio broadcasts, the great majority of which he wrote himself. These addresses transform our image of 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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    Michael Austin, TX, USA 06-10-04
    Michael Austin, TX, USA 06-10-04 Member Since 2000
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    "I LOVED this -common sense in Reagan's own voice"

    This was a great listen. There is a compaion book which is the radio spots written out, but nothing can beat hearing Ronaldus Maximus in his own voice. If you're already a Reagan fan, a must listen! If not a Reagan fan you will be! Enjoy.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jean ste foy les lyon, N/A, France 05-19-05
    Jean ste foy les lyon, N/A, France 05-19-05
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    "Freedom"

    I am a Frenchman who lives in France and oh my! how inspiring and refreshing Reagan is to my ears in a country where freedom sounds like a swear word.Reagan's words are simple, straightforward and also demanding for "freedom don't come free" as you so rightly say over the Atlantic Ocean.It seems to me that what he dealt with in all of his speeches had a common point : every human being was born with free will and in that lies human dignity. He had a free mind and each of his words reminds me that I have one too. I treasure his words like those of a genuine friend. On top of that the recordings are very good and his voice is clear and easily understandable. Thank U for allowing us to listen to his words not just read it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Athos ChichesterUnited Kingdom 11-09-04
    Athos ChichesterUnited Kingdom 11-09-04
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    "What I was never told about Reagan."

    What I was never told about Reagan is here revealed. His warmth. His humanity. His intelligence. I listened to these talks with astonishment. Wonderful. Wonderful. Wonderful.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Hopkins Midvale, UT United States 06-15-04
    Nathan Hopkins Midvale, UT United States 06-15-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Reagan is the true American exemplar"

    These commentaries are not only insightful, but Reagan shows us how to be critical of our government while maintaining a positive attitude, knowing that we have the ability to fix any problems we find. I was only 10 when Reagan was first elected, but with the help of these commentaries, I am beginning to understand why my parents and their generation loved him so much.

    I only hope that politicians of today will take note as to what made Reagan so successful. In my estimation, it was his faith in and love of God and country, his optimism, and his strong belief of the power of the individual and that Government is not always the answer.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John Memphis, TN, USA 09-19-08
    John Memphis, TN, USA 09-19-08
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    "The Real Reagan"

    This is Reagan in his own words, not some speech writer's. I was amazed at how current and timeless some of his observations were way back in the 70's. A great listen for the person with a 30 to 60 minute commute. The short snipits are perfect and inspiring.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 03-22-06
    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 03-22-06 Member Since 2005

    Some days you need to take a break from getting better and just enjoy a great tale. Whatever your mood you can find it here at Audible.

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    "A must for a student of history"

    Excellent. This pre-presidential Reagan shows why he was one of the most successful presidents in history. These short tracks give insight to the mind of the man who would become president. This is the kind of stuff that you will never find in history books or on A&E.

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    Eric North Hollywood, CA, USA 02-17-05
    Eric North Hollywood, CA, USA 02-17-05
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    "Libertarian in the White House? Almost"

    One thing emerges as quite fascinating when listening to this book. Reagan truly did have a philosophy that he questioned, reasoned, and honed during these radio years. By the time he got to the White House--he already knew what he believed.

    I was more intrigued by the selections that featured his political and philosophical reasoning. There are an awful lot of touchy / feely segments included in this set. They are fine, but the political reasoning he has is more interesting and unusual.


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    Dean 03-04-13
    Dean 03-04-13 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "for those who love the gipper"

    My neice recommended this to my brother and I as one of her professors helped with the compalation, and I am glad that is all they did. This is a collection of Reagan's radio addresses, assembeled with only minor commentary between. I am so glad that this close to his life the publishers did not try to tell those who may have heard these live of the context. If you like his story telling, you will love this audio presentation.

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    Roopinder WINNETKA, US, Canada 06-12-12
    Roopinder WINNETKA, US, Canada 06-12-12

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    "Excellent collection & presentation of material!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely YES! This audio-book provides an amazing insight to President Reagan's clarity of thought and his ability to drive the point home.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reagan in His Own Voice?

    President Reagan's overall passion and conviction in his beliefs.


    What about Ronald Reagan’s performance did you like?

    This audiobook provides the context of the world events at that time. This helps to put everything in perspective. Otherwise the listener may have had a hard time following.


    Any additional comments?

    This audio-book does and excellent job in collecting, organizing and presenting all the radio addresses. It sets the context before his address to help the listener understand what the president will be talking about.

    Whether you agree with the president's view point or not, he does command respect. His belief in his religion, his conviction in the American people, and trust in the American philosophy of governance and freedom are unparalleled.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reviewer#9 04-04-04
    Reviewer#9 04-04-04 Member Since 2001
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    "A Statesman as a Man a Politician as a President."

    He has what hindsight can only call a sense of the future.

    Listen to this and just give him a chance, see what he says and check out how the Campaign and administrative policies of Clinton, Gore, and Yes the Bushes were influenced by things that Regan foresaw.

    Probably all of these guys, from Clinton to Bush have statesman like qualities, but realpolitik turns them into politicians, you whining mr american? Blame yourself.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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