"Not since Lincoln . . . has there been a president who has so understood the power of words to uplift and inspire." So said Margaret Thatcher, a longtime British prime minister, of a much-admired American leader whose uncanny ability to connect with ordinary people earned him the nickname "the Great Communicator." For many of his fellow citizens, Ronald Wilson Reagan's simple, clear, firmly held beliefs helped explain a complex and often frightening world-and reassured Americans about their place in it. The core beliefs and values of America's 40th chief executive-who is perhaps best remembered for his hard line against communism and for restoring U.S. confidence after an extended period of economic, political, and military setbacks-were largely formed during his early years. This book details those years, a period Ronald Reagan would later remember fondly as a "Tom Sawyer boyhood."
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