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What would Ronald Reagan think of the Republican Party today? That’s one of the questions H.W. Brands takes up in The Bookmonger’s 10-minute podcast about his newest book, Reagan: The Life.
Brands is a veteran biographer of presidents, already having written on Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and both Roosevelts. He discusses why he wanted to write this book next as well as how he handled the problem that has haunted so many biographers of the 40th president: The claim that nobody really knew the man. Brands also reveals whether he voted for Reagan in the 1980s–and whether it’s even possible for a historian who participated in one of those elections to write dispassionately on this subject now.
And speaking of Reagan, isn’t now a good time to join Ricochet? Do it for the Gipper, and if you join at the Reagan level, we’ll give you your very own Ricochet.com email address.
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