The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Remembering the Sacrifices of D-Day

The Presidency

For Ronald Reagan and his generation, France was the killing ground, a distant land of ghastly heroics where thousands of American soldiers fell in two World Wars. These military crusades, and the anguish they caused back home, probably form the largest body of folklore in this century. Reagan was molded by that.

He was in first grade in World War I, and the stories of German atrocities not only made their way into his tiny world but left him frightened. "I can remember as a small child having nightmares that they...

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