Ronald Reagan: a Man of Certitudes

Ronald Reagan is two of America's favorite characters, the nice boy next door and the lovable, opinionated uncle, getting on but pretty damn lively for his age, cheerful, friendly, great storyteller (known to shade one to make a point), no big brain trust but plenty of common sense. Reagan comes from two quintessentially American places, the Middle Western small town and golden < California. The movie actor years, far from creating a stagy celebrity, seem to have merged role and reality--the good guy everybody (except maybe a few snobs and eggheads) wants to be, the American as seen by the American....

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