Editor’s note: This is the 40th entry in the writer’s project to read one book about each of the U.S. Presidents in the year prior to Election Day 2016. Follow Marcus’ progress at the Twitter account and the .
I am a child of the 1980s. Therefore, I am a child of the Reagan presidency. Finally, my project has arrived at the leaders I remember in my own lifetime.
H.W. Brands’ Reagan: The Life was a terrific book — engaging and breezy, giving substantial background to the events of Reagan’s life and administration without getting too in the weeds of policy.
It was also the perfect book to listen to, along with the Carter bio, exclusively on audiobook on the last few legs of my cross-country drive, as my wife and I moved from California to Cleveland — appropriate enough for Reagan, a California governor who charmed Middle America. Read more…