By Andrew L. Johns
A significant other to Ronald Reagan evaluates in exceptional element the occasions, rules, politics, and folks of Reagan’s management. It assesses the scope and impact of his numerous careers in the context of the days, offering wide-ranging assurance of his management, and his legacy.
- Assesses Reagan and his impression at the improvement of the United States based on new documentary facts and engagement with the newest secondary literature
- Offers a mixture of historiographic chapters dedicated to international and family coverage, with themes built-in thematically and chronologically
- Includes a piece on key figures linked politically and in my opinion with Reagan
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When Reagan stated “I do not believe the Communists have ever at any time been able to use the motion-picture screen as a sounding board for their philosophy or their ideology,” he was adhering to a position agreed upon by the producers to keep the government out of their industry. ). Reagan never publicly acknowledged the existence of a blacklist, but studio executives had the power to get the information and to purge from the industry those seen as a threat. Historians debate, on the basis of Reagan’s cooperation with HUAC, just how liberal Reagan actually was.
Speaking off the cuff, Reagan told Gorbachev that, if the world were threatened by an alien invasion, he was certain that the United States and the Soviet Union would cooperate. Colin Powell, who later served as Reagan’s national security advisor, believed that Reagan’s overture was inspired by the science fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951); the film appeared to be the inspiration for Reagan’s subsequent unrealistic proposal to share SDI technology with the Soviets. Powell endeavored to keep references to “the little green men” out of Reagan’s speeches, but the president favored this analogy because it appealed to his idealism.
Federal aid,” he warned, “is the foot in the door to federal control” (quoted in Balitzer, 1983: 29). Reagan—working with a line he really liked—again dramatically concluded: Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction—we didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.
A Companion to Ronald Reagan by Andrew L. Johns