The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Turning Vision into Reality

The Presidency

The first question is one of commitment: whether Ronald Reagan understands what it takes to nudge a doubting, cash-short nation into serious consideration of his star wars defense concept. One thing is certain: it will take more than a few speeches.

John Kennedy had a bit of the same problem when he decided it was time to send Americans to the moon. Not everyone was eager to spend $40 billion on a ten-year dream, especially with so many poor and hungry people needing help on earth. There was even fear within Kennedy's White House (as in Reagan's) that J.F.K. was...

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