What Made Ronald Reagan Great and Why It Matters
On Sale: April 12, 2016
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WHAT MADE RONALD REAGAN TICK? What was the secret to his
greatness, the source of his influence, the key to his
character, the strength behind his leadership?
And why does it matter to the nation today?
Just the mention of his name still evokes deep admiration
and affection among Americans of every stripe, on both sides
of the aisle. Many have previously sought to capture the
essence of this very public figure often called "mysterious
and unknowable." But now, as James Rosebush tells Reagan's
story from first-hand experience in TRUE REAGAN, we come
closer to understanding the heart of this great American.
In his roles as the longest-serving Chief of Staff to Nancy
Reagan and Deputy Assistant to President Reagan (his point
man on philanthropy and public/private partnerships), James
Rosebush had unrivaled one-on-one access to Reagan,
observing his personality, his decision-making, his guarded
nature. Rosebush's revelations are moving and meant to
inspire us to look to our 40th President for guidance now as
we face the global challenges of a complicated 21st century.
Ronald Reagan was first and foremost an intensely private
person, although the life he led placed him at the center of
people's attention from his earliest years. Small-town boy
and college athlete, sportscaster and lifelong sports fan,
actor and movie star, union leader and TV spokesman,
Democrat and Republican, governor and president: what an
incredible and extraordinary path. Rosebush tells how his
center core was formed by his mother, who devoted herself to
helping others even as the Reagans struggled themselves. The
spiritual foundation she instilled in him by teaching him
the Bible governed his thoughts, beliefs and actions all his
In a very real sense, his upbringing destined Reagan to
become a global evangelist for American Exceptionalism - but
importantly, as Rosebush learned first-hand, that did not
mean Reagan thought Americans themselves were superior, as
today's pundits and politicians often preach. Rather, Reagan
believed that the ideals of America's founding were
superior, enabling all Americans to live lives based on high
ideals and spiritual principles, and thus achieve
unparalleled success. Reagan was uniquely able to lead from
true conviction and strength, his confidence stemming from
an unshakeable fundamental belief system.
Better understanding the essence of this inspiring and
principled leader is critical to our future. Journey back
with Rosebush through the innumerable examples he recounts
from first-hand observation and marvel once again at TRUE
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