The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Rekindling Pride and Purpose

Ronald Reagan's European journey was an extraordinary history lesson written on prime time. All along the way, there were echoes of old struggles and triumphs, images of ancestors who fled the Continent and of their descendants who went back to fight. Time and time again the sound of bugles awakened memories that spoke of our closeness and common fate.

Reagan began the lesson by noting, in a radio broadcast to the folks back home, that not many steps away from where he was seated in the Versailles Palace, the rotund and wise Benjamin Franklin struck a deal with Louis XVI...

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