"Ronald Reagan may have been may have been the most prolific correspondent of any American president since Thomas Jefferson. The total number of letters written over his lifetime probably exceeds 10,000. Their breadth is equally astonishing - with friends and family, with politicians, children, and other private citizens, Reagan was as dazzling a communicator in letters as he was in person. Collectively, his letters reveal his character and thinking like no other source. He made candid, considerate, and tough statements that he rarely made in a public speech or open forum. Now, the most astonishing of his writings, culled in Reagan: A Portrait in Letters, finally and fully reveal the true Ronald Reagan."--BOOK JACKET.
Foreword / George P. Shultz -- Frequent Correspondents -- Ch. 1. The Early Years -- Ch. 2. Home and Family -- Ch. 3. Health and Personal Appearance -- Ch. 4. Old Friends -- Ch. 5. Hollywood Years and Friendships -- Ch. 6. Governorship -- Ch. 7. Running for Office -- Ch. 8. Core Beliefs -- Ch. 9. Economic Policy -- Ch. 10. Domestic Policy -- Ch. 11. The Cold War I: Ideology and Institutions -- Ch. 12. The Cold War II: Politics, Arms, and Missile Defense -- Ch. 13. The Middle East and Southwest Asia -- Ch. 14. Terrorism and the Iran-Contra Scandal -- Ch. 15. The Americas -- Ch. 16. The International Scene -- Ch. 17. The Oval Office and Reelection -- Ch. 18. The Media -- Ch. 19. The Critics -- Ch. 20. Reaching Out -- Ch. 21. The Lighter Side -- Ch. 22. American Leaders -- Ch. 23. Foreign Leaders -- Ch. 24. Pen Pals -- Ch. 25. Back to California
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