The Presidency: Lights, Camera, Decisive Action

The allure, and the power, of men of action has been the theme of history from Cicero to Cronkite. That theme is just as intriguing this August, as Ronald Reagan starts his California vacation leaving behind him a capital and a Government still quivering from eight months of his unique residence.

"The great end of life is not knowledge but action," wrote British Philosopher Thomas Huxley. There may not be a better summation of the 40th President, who slights the former but excels in the latter. The Tightness of Reagan and almost everything...

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