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The Education of Ronald Reagan


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1. A New Dealer to the Core 2. Politics: War by Different Means Part I. A Postgraduate Course in Political Science 3. Boulwarism 4. The Plant Tour 5. Schools, Classes, and Trains Part II. An Apprenticeship for Public Life 6. The Campaign 7. Allies 8. The Speech 9. Two Unions 10. The Art of Negotiation Part III. To Encourage an Increasing Majority of Citizens 11. The Campaign Continues 12. The Presidential Bug 13. A President's Vision Appendix. Speeches of Reuther, Boulware, and Reagan Walter P. Reuther, Labor and the Community Lemuel Boulware, Salvation Is Not Free Ronald Reagan, A Time for Choosing ("The Speech") Acknowledgments Notes References Index

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"The first satisfying account of how Reagan evolved into a conservative." -- Rick Perlstein, author of Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus "A persuasive explanation for a major gap in the Reagan 'mythology.'" -- Michael Flamm, Ohio Wesleyan University "Tom Evans was present at the creation of great candidacies, and his book offers a fresh, valuable account of what made Reagan Reagan." -- William Safire, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist "Thomas Evans commendably helps to fill an important gap in the fascinating story of how Ronald Reagan went from movie actor to President of the United States by focusing on the eight years in the 1950s that he spent traveling America's byways for General Electric. " -- Stephen Hess, Distinguished Research Professor of Media & Public Affairs, The George Washington University "This remarkable book opens hitherto closed doors and windows into Ronald Reagan's early years. It is a fascinating, often riveting read." -- Thomas Fleming, author of The New Dealers' War: FDR and the War Within World War II

About the Author

Thomas W. Evans, a lawyer and avocational politician, has supervised a successful New Hampshire presidential primary and established a national citizens' campaign organization. A former adjunct professor of education and administration at Columbia University's Teachers College, Evans was chair of the Reagan administration's national symposium on partnerships in education and counsel to the Points of Light Foundation under George H.W. Bush.


"A revelation... Definitely worth reading for those who want to know how Ronald Reagan evolved into the 'Great Communicator' of political yore." -- A.G. Gancarski, The Washington Times "[ The Education of Ronald Reagan] fills a hole in Reagan's biography." -- Daniel Oppenheimer, Sacramento News and Review "Evans's book is essential reading... a reasoned exploration of the shaping of an extraordinary political career." -- Joseph C. Goulden, Washington Lawyer "This fascinating study sheds new light on Reagan's ideological evolution." -- Publishers Weekly "A better companion to [ The Reagan Diaries]... By focusing on the decade or so when Reagan was a traveling spokesman for General Electric-a period that he began as a Democrat and ended as a Republican-Evans does a persuasive job of explaining where Reagan's political views came from." -- Nicholas Lemann, New Yorker " The Education of Ronald Reagan admirably fills... [a] gap... One of the most illuminating books ever written about Reagan." -- Jacob Heilbrunn, National Interest "[ The Education of Ronald Reagan]provides fresh revelations on Reagan's ideological development... a 'must' for any college level collection." -- The Midwest Book Review "Evans is undoubtedly correct to home in on the G.E. years as the key period in Reagan's self education." -- Steven F. Hayward, Claremont Review of Books "Evans provides useful insight into Reagan's GE years and calls attention to the influence of Boulware. " -- Emilie Raymond, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

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