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.
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The Humanity of President Reagan
President Reagan was a hero to me as a child. I had just turned 10 when Reagan was elected in 1980 yet I remember vividly the day he was elected. I watched intently as he gave his State of the Union addresses and was mesmerized by his paternal leadership he demonstrated as a leader. As the son of a U.S. Air Force pilot I knew all too well the fear we had of the Soviet Union and the weapons their country could unleash on us. I also had the unique opportunity to live in the Washington DC area from 1987-1990 watching first hand as our president seized the opportunity to dethrone the great bear of the USSR. The lore of President Reagan resonated like that of a Greek god in my mind……until I read this book. Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard at first shattered my image of this infallible president but as the story unfolds I come to realize the human fallibility of this great man and brought into perspective a clearer picture of this dichotomy of a man yet self-determined to rid the world of its’ greatest enemies. I struggled early on in my readings to come to terms with his idiosyncrasies yet O’Reilly and Dugard bring the story in a light that better enlightened to me to the Reagan legend. I came to see him as more human than god, more bitter than bold at times and clearly more reliant on those around him than I thought. In the end, I will simply say, if you were a Reagan proponent you will better understand the struggles of a great man and if you are a Reagan critic you will see a more human man than you realized.
Title Says It All.
Meh. It's Alright
Not the best book in the Killing series, but it's an interesting insight into the Reagan administration. I felt like this was an extended version of Reagan's wikipedia page, which wasn't really that interesting. It was interesting to hear more about Reagan's battle with Alzheimer's, and how it really began and during his time in the White House. The sections on Nancy Reagan are also very interesting. Otherwise, a good portion of this book is focused on would-be-assassin John Hinckley Jr., which is not that interesting.
Another negative for this book is the narrator! This is the first book in the Killing series that Bill O'Reilly doesn't narrate. Instead, he is replaced by Robert Petkoff, who has a voice that I can't listen to for a long time, and he doesn't do anything to give the book any emotion. Not a fan of his narration.