A Memoir of Ronald Reagan
By Edmund Morris
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780375756450, 912pp.)
Publication Date: October 24, 2000
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The only biography ever authorized by a sitting President--yet written with complete interpretive freedom--Dutch is as revolutionary in method as it is formidable in scholarship. Thirteen years of exhaustive research in the archives of Washington and Hollywood, and thousands of hours of interviews with the President and his family, friends, allies, and enemies, equipped Morris with an unmatched knowledge of one of the twentieth century's greatest leaders. This monumental work offers the most insightful and elegant portrait to date of Ronald Reagan: the young "Dutch," the middle-aged Cold Warrior, and the septuagenarian Chief Executive. Written with imagination, yet always anchored by the weight of research and fact, Dutch stands as both a landmark in the form of biography and an unparalleled historical account of the rise and rule of Ronald Reagan.
Edmund Morris is the author of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, winner of the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He is currently working on the second volume of his Roosevelt biography, Theodore Rex. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, fellow biographer Sylvia Jukes Morris.
"A compelling, richly informative, conceptually courageous book that constitutes a relentless pursuit of truth . . . the most insightful book in print about Ronald Reagan and the meaning of his presidency."
"A powerful and surprising portrait of a great world leader."
"An absolute page-turner . . . [Morris's] book is not just a riveting read. It takes as its model what is generally regarded as the greatest biography in the English language, James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson."
-The Washington Post Book World