February 6, 2011, is the 100th 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 advisor, 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. 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".
I really enjoyed this book. Ron Jr. does a great job narrating his own work. This is not an in depth history telling account but a personal account and reflection through the eyes of Ron Jr. I highly recommend this book!
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Knowing Ronnie Reagan's political views, in advance I had expected a rather critical review by him of his father. Instead, he painted a vivid portrait of his father's fore-bearers and of the circumstances of President Reagan's upbringing and progression throughout his life. As one who lived in California under Reagan's governorship for eight years there and, later, under his eight years as president, and, being myself a progressive liberal, I harbor no fond recollections of that experience. However, Ronnie Reagan's book, at least, better informed me of the events that made Reagan the man and politician that he was and has,thus, softened my outlook on him. Ronnie succeeded in explaining the dynamics of his father and did so in a manner most befitting a loving son's recounting of his experiences with his father, for which I tip my hat to him.
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The book narrated by Ron Reagan, son of Nancy and Ronald Reagan. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK, even if you're not a fan. It is well written and the narration made me unable to put this book down . I have. Never been a fan of Nancy, however the is the best Reagan book I can say honestly helped me understand their relationship. As well as a very honest look at why they were such terrible parents. Ron, the author is what makes this story real. I promise you will not want to put this book down. NAMASTE Ron Reagan your willingness to put the truth out there with love and understanding of your parents and why you continue to always love them know matter their lack of parenting skills , I MUST say you make them proud.
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What made the experience of listening to My Father at 100 the most enjoyable?
Ron Reagan writes and narrates a compelling story of his father, the 40th president that is meaningful to Conservatives and Liberals alike.
Reagan, a Liberal radio commentator in Seattle has a flair for story and helps us to understand his Conservative President, the icon of the Right, who wouldn't be Right enough today.
This traces the family history back to Ireland so we learn some European history also
Well worth the time and money
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listened to this while driving from New Jersey to North Carolina so it basically was one sitting. It made the trip fly by.
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I started out enjoying this book, but the further I got into it, the more bored and annoyed I became with the sneering, whining tone. The book isn't about President Reagan; it's about a son's life-long, unreconciled resentments.
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