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Conservative Canon; Ronald Reagan

Reagan worship sometimes goes too far amongst conservatives. However his contribution can’t be underestimated. He was The Conservative. He was president, he won elections, he communicated. Learning about him should be a very large part of any conservative’s studies. In fact, so large is he in the movement that I think he warrants his own category.

An American Life-Ronald Reagan (His second autobiography)[Where’s the Rest of Me, his first autobiography isn’t readily available so I don’t know if it’s worth recognizing]
Ronald Reagan-Dinesh D’Souza
When Character was King-Peggy Noonan
Dutch-Edmund Morris
Abortion and the Conscience of a Nation-Ronald Reagan (Under the “Life” Category)
Reagan: In His Own Hand

Also some necessary speeches:

1964 Goldwater Speech
1980 Presidential Debate
1984 Debate
Speech at Point Du Huc
Speech at the Wall
Farewell Address

(Others?)

The Goldwater Speech:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHoOfcFM33c&rel=1″>

People rarely get to hear the entire speech so I felt today would be a fine day to post it.

Okay, like usual I’ll open the floor for debate and discussion. Additions welcome, specifically if there are any articles or speeches worth including that I have missed. The one big debate here should be “Dutch” as it is not an overly kind biography.

2 Responses

  1. Tear Down This Wall: The Reagan Revolution–A National Review History

    by National Review (Author), Ronald Reagan (Compiler)

    President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime

    by Lou Cannon (Author)

    The Education of Ronald Reagan: The General Electric Years and the Untold Story of his Conversion to Conservatism

    by Thomas W. Evans (Author)

    The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

    by Paul Kengor (Author)

    The Reagan Diaries

    by Ronald Reagan (Author

  2. I love youtube. Yesterday i was able to hear actual recordings of the voices of every president elected from 1884 onwards (Grover Cleveland on up), as well as William Jennings Bryant doing a rendition of his “Cross of Gold” Speech.

    Additionally, There are at least two recordings of the actual “Rebel Yell” as performed by real Confederate Army Veterans in thier last years of life, and also a rendition of “The Gettysburg Address” as retold by an a real life witness of the original speech of Lincoln, along with his account of the precedings.

    Cool stuff.

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