Killing Reagan

Killing Reagan

The Violent Assault That Changed A Presidency

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From the bestselling team of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard comes Killing Reagan , a page-turning epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan that tells the vivid story of his rise to power -- and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down.

Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after a gunman's bullet came within inches of his heart. His recovery was nothing short of remarkable -- or so it seemed. But Reagan was grievously injured, forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face. Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world?

Told in the same riveting fashion as Killing Lincoln , Killing Kennedy , Killing Jesus , and Killing Patton , Killing Reagan reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood, where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak, up through the years in the California governor's mansion, and finally to the White House, where he presided over boom years and the fall of the Iron Curtain. But it was John Hinckley Jr.'s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan's most heroic actions. In Killing Reagan , O'Reilly and Dugard take readers behind the scenes, creating an unforgettable portrait of a great man operating in violent times.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781627792417
Branch Call Number: 973.927092 O'REILLY
Characteristics: 306 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Dugard, Martin


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Jan 27, 2018

I enjoyed this book. The author is a conservative and I am a liberal so I felt a lot of his view was highly partisan and he might have done better just sticking to the facts, but it was well written and kept my interest, and I learned from it.

lambie89 Jul 05, 2017

I asked the man at the desk where the book Killing Reagan was. He directed me to the fiction aisle and look under O. I said it was not fiction. He asked what was it then. I said a bio. He then directed me to the bio section and told me to look under O. It is filed by author. I tried to tell him that was not how biographies are shelved. He told me they were. Couldn't just look it up in his computer???

Nov 23, 2016

Book takes a look at Ronald Reagan’s background, his rise to the Oval Office, his strategic initiatives—both successes and failures—and the influence Nancy Reagan asserted on his schedule and the people surrounding him. It also tells about John Hinckley Jr’s life before and after he shot those sic shots that changed people’s lives.

I read this book because my brother reads these 'Killing' titles and the new MN Senate Majority Leader said on TPT’s Almanac that Reagan’s way of leading might mirror a Trump presidency. I'd forgotten much about the Reagan years. Scary to be reminded. Written for general audiences in easy entertaining style.

EuSei Jun 06, 2016

"The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." Most definitely.

Feb 08, 2016

Reagan seemed like a good person but Iran-Contra, Trickle Down Economics, and taking away tax credits for housing should be added in to the Halo Effect ascribed to this president. Also, it seemed like Nancy was running the country toward the end of his second term with the effects of Alzheimer's disease becoming more pronounced.

Feb 07, 2016

Interesting read, but any objective mind who lived through the Reagan presidency will immediately see it for what it is: A mostly contrived effort to sell another book. You will read many reviews from persons on this website who A: Have not read the book, B: HATE reagan... and justifiably so since Reagan despised everything these hating, bleeding heart, entitlement class socialist types represent.
The book is not a historical work by any means, but it is an entertaining read that will hold your attention.

Jan 01, 2016

“Behind the Ronald Reagan myth: “No one had ever entered the White House so grossly ill informed” – Reagan embarrassed himself in news conferences, Cabinet meetings. Recalling how GOP cringed at his lack of interest”
by William Leuchtenburg, posted 28-12-2015, on Salon
and . . .
“The IMF Confirms That 'Trickle-Down' Economics Is, Indeed, a Joke”
by Jared Keller, posted June 18, 2015 Business & Economics Pacific Standard . . .
and . . .
“Reaganomics killed America’s middle class – This country's fate was sealed when our government slashed taxes on the rich back in 1980”
by Thom Hartmann posted April 19, 2014, on AlterNet

greglibrary Nov 19, 2015

A governor who destroyed the greatest public school system in US history...ate grapes on the Sacramento steps [grape boycott], to insult Caesar Chavez and the migrant workers...sold arms to Iran to fund his atrocious war in El Salvador...busted unions in America [Air Traffic Controllers]...created the economic theory ‘Trickle Down’ which 37 years later became the 2008 meltdown...took credit for the collapse of Communism [Bin Lauden warned Soviet’s that 14 years in Afghanistan would bankrupt USSR]...the list is immense and many Americans cringe with this ceaseless idolatry for a Hollywood actor acting his way through statehouse to White this president was not immpeached is truly a ‘miracle’
Can you say ‘Teflon President’!
I Gotta Go...

susienor Nov 18, 2015

As President Reagan once said: "The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." (And very well documented, indeed.)
I Gotta Go...

charliehustle Nov 12, 2015

book is lie regan is awesome

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ArapahoeSusanW Oct 20, 2016

A nice overview of this historic event although as an acquaintance (neighbors of my in-laws) I would have liked more details and insights into the Hinckley family so I wasn't as wild about this one!


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