The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency
Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
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From the bestselling team of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard comes Killing Reagan, a page-turning epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan that tells the vivid story of his rise to power -- and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down.
Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman's bullet came within inches of his heart. His recovery was nothing short of remarkable -- or so it seemed. But Reagan was grievously injured, forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face. Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world?
Told in the same riveting fashion as Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton, Killing Reagan reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood, where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak, up through the years in the California governor's mansion, and finally to the White House, where he presided over boom years and the fall of the Iron Curtain. But it was John Hinckley Jr.'s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan's most heroic actions. In Killing Reagan, O'Reilly and Dugard take readers behind the scenes, creating an unforgettable portrait of a great man operating in violent times.
Best So Far
This book is the best of the "Killing" histories so far. It is also relevant to the malaise we are currently being subjected to by the current administration. There is much more to the Reagan administration than covered here, but that can be read in detail at the Reagan Library. The authors have found a relevant thematic and carried it through the entire history with alacrity. Well done and hopefully this will be a book read by young people who know nothing about the turmoils of the 1980s through 1992.
Not their best
Having read all of the "Killing" series books, I found this one good but not great.
The book when into way too much detail about stargazing and Nancy Reagan's influence. Reagan's own letter at the end of the book discounted much of these assumptions.
Dever's accounts are somewhat antagonistic because of his termination at the end of Reagan's first tour.
The historical accounts with Margaret Thatcher and Mikael Gorbachev are outstanding and very interesting.
Again, this is an interesting and good bookk; but not great, as the other "Killing" series books are.
O'Reilly v. Will
I cannot figure out George Will's column that unmercifully attacked "Killing Reagan." While I agree this book broke little, if any, new ground, it is a good telling of a president's life. The narrative mirrors my memory of the era.