By Andrew L. Johns
A significant other to Ronald Reagan evaluates in unheard of aspect the occasions, regulations, politics, and other people of Reagan’s management. It assesses the scope and effect of his quite a few careers in the context of the days, delivering wide-ranging assurance of his management, and his legacy.
- Assesses Reagan and his influence 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 subject matters built-in thematically and chronologically
- Includes a bit on key figures linked politically and in my view with Reagan
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Lou Cannon explains that, through Reagan’s time speaking on behalf of GE, Reagan learned the practical elements of campaigning—“how to conserve his voice and how to fill his martini glass with water until the last reception of the day” 30 L ori Clune (Cannon, 2003: 108). But Thomas W. Evans sees more substance than style in Reagan’s evolution under GE. In The Education of Ronald Reagan Evans argues that Reagan’s political conversion did not manifest itself until 1954 to 1962, when Reagan benefitted from the tutelage of GE vice president Lemuel Boulware.
Kennedy’s bold new imaginative program with its proper age? Under the tousled boyish hair cut it is still old Karl Marx” (quoted in McGirr, 2001: 189). “By 1960, I realized the real enemy wasn’t big business, it was big government,” Reagan observed (Reagan, 1990: 135). Reagan articulated these themes in many speeches, including one delivered in March 1961 to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Arizona Chamber of Commerce (Balitzer, 1983: 21–38). Entitled “The Peril of Ever-Expanding Government,” Reagan’s speech emphasized the risk that governments take in fighting communism and the economic and political structure and safety of the United States.
More importantly, the speaking tours proved to be a “useful political training ground,” where Reagan honed his craft and his evolving political message (Cannon, 2003: 108). Reagan toured all of GE’s 139 plants and, according to some estimates, delivered more than nine thousand speeches to a quarter of a million employees. In response to GE employee questions about the growth of the federal government, “Reagan gradually became more critical of government. No one told him to do this, but Reagan paid attention to his audiences” (109).
A Companion to Ronald Reagan by Andrew L. Johns