Last year, I had a bit of an US politics theme going on in my reading through Mark Black’s A Very Brief History series. I continued this earlier this year by reading about The Vietnam War but in March I reached my last US history instalment which was about Ronald Reagan.
Before reading this, what I knew about Ronald Reagan was that he was that president who used to be an actor! From reading this, I discovered that Reagan was clearly a very diverse, skilful and hardworking man, because whatever he turned his hand to he appears to have been successful in: a radio broadcaster; during the war he made Army training films; a Hollywood star, who featured in more than fifty motion pictures; president of SAG (the Screen Actors Guild) and a TV actor and host. Then he made his switch to politics when he became the governor of California in 1967 and finally in 1981 he became the oldest, to date, US president at nearly 70 years old!
If it hadn’t been for Black’s short histories, I doubt I would have ever read about Reagan or other US presidents otherwise, which would be a shame because I have learnt so much from them. This clear, fast paced and concise history is broken down into bite-size chapters on his: childhood; high school and college years; military career; Hollywood career; political career, presidency and the honours and legacy he left behind. This style is helpful for a reader, like me, who knew little to nothing to learn quickly the main events and essential facts, but if you have read about Reagan before then I doubt you will learn anything new from this.
Overall, I thought Ronald Reagan: A Very Brief History was another quick and interesting read. Although I do not have any US instalments left, I have five others from this series on my Kindle. I am tempted to read the D-Day instalment next. Okay read.
Have you read this? Or anything else about Ronald Reagan?