Ronald Reagan: Role of a Lifetime, Part 1

Washington Post reporter Lou Cannon discussed his book, Ronald Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime, in which Mr. Cannon examined… read more

Washington Post reporter Lou Cannon discussed his book, Ronald Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime, in which Mr. Cannon examined Reagan’s presidential roles from various perspectives: as that of communicator, leader, and so on. Mr. Cannon, who has reported on Ronald Reagan’s political career for over twenty years since Reagan’s tenure as governor of California in the 1960's, interviewed hundreds of administration officials and acquaintances of the Reagans as the basis of the book.

Mr. Cannon discussed President Reagan’s methods of communicating ideas to audiences, which was based on his role as an actor: as an actor, President Reagan allowed himself dramatic license when making a point. Although he did not lie, President Reagan occasionally included or excluded facts in order to convey the general impression he wished to leave with an audience.

Mr. Cannon went on to discuss his career covering politics in California and Washington, and his three books on President Reagan’s life and career. close

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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May 12, 1991
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  • May 12, 1991 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
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