Reagan the everyday person was opaque, pedestrian, ignorant, a hollow man - now incapacitated by Alzheimers. Yet, as President-Governor-Actor-Announcer-Lifeguard Ronald Reagan became a creature of the American folk imagination with the power to tap into vast resources of nostalgia in the American people. He is a myth; the sum total of all American fantasies. It is this Reagan that is the subject of this book.
Edmund Morris became intimate with Reagan himself, Nancy and their children, and has had unrestricted access to all Reagan's papers. Morris combines these benefits with enormous powers of scholarship and a literary imagination beyond compare. Reagan's biography follows Reagan through each phase of his life, showing how the life of Reagan integrates with his times.