Who Was Ronald Reagan?
From his childhood in rural Illinois to moviemaking days in Hollywood and on to a career in politics that took him all the way to the Oval Office, Ronald Reagan kept an abiding faith in America and in what our country stood for. The oldest president ever, he survived a near-fatal assassination attempt and lived to be 93. Who Was Ronald Reagan? covers his life and times in a balanced, entertaining way for children. More than 100 black-and-white illustrations fill out the portrait of our fortieth president.
Dutch couldn’t disappoint his audience, so he stalled, telling them that the batter had hit a foul ball into the stands. Then another foul ball. And another. After nine imaginary foul balls, the situation was getting ridiculous. Suddenly, the telegraph sprang to life. Dutch was relieved. “Well, he struck out,” he told his listeners. Then he hurried to catch up with the action. In 1937 Reagan was sent to Los Angeles to cover the Chicago Cubs. The team was in spring training there. Dutch got a
Americans found documents that said the Cuban soldiers had been part of a plan to spread Communism through Central America. The Grenada invasion was popular. Almost two-thirds of all Americans believed that the president had done the right thing. But not everyone agreed. Some thought it was wrong for the United States to interfere in the politics of other nations. Others just worried that trying to fight these battles would cost too many American lives. Around the same time as the Grenada
have always been willing to give up their lives in the defense of freedom,” he explained. But Reagan was faced with a big decision. He would have to send many more troops to Lebanon or remove the ones that were already there. Congress and the people weren’t ready to get more involved. So the troops were withdrawn. It was also part of the president’s job to help the country deal with tragedies at home. In January of 1986, the Challenger rocket exploded on takeoff. All seven astronauts on board
system was called MAD—for Mutual Assured Destruction. So far, the threat of a devastating nuclear war had stopped either side from starting an attack. But Reagan couldn’t help thinking that six minutes wasn’t much time to make such an important decision. “The MAD policy was madness,” he thought. Reagan dreamed of a world where no one would have to live in terror of nuclear missiles. He asked the heads of the armed forces to develop a way to defend against incoming missiles. This project was
Reagan knew what was in store for him. Little by little, his memory would fail. In time, he wouldn’t even recognize his own children. Even Nancy would become a stranger. He would forget that he had been president. When he got the bad news, Reagan wrote a farewell letter to the American people. He hoped that by telling people about his disease, he would inspire them to learn about Alzheimer’s and work to find a cure. He thanked the country for letting him serve as president. “When the Lord calls