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Life Ronald Regan: A Life in Pictures by Warner Books
OK - I'll admit that I bought something from the Time/Life telemarketers. I have since been punished by receiving their relentless phone calls.
My copy of "A Life in Pictures" arrived along with three PBS DVD's, and it was a while before I got around to flipping through its pages.
It wasn't until this week that I got around to reading it. The last picture in the book was quite moving now that Reagan has exited the stage at last.
The photos are all worthwhile - though many of them can be found elsewhere. The young Reagan transitioning to the old Reagan presents a remarkable image.
Still, it must be pointed out that anyone selecting Dan Rather to write an… Read more
Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan by Edmund Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars Misses the Mark, June 7 2004
The end of the long, slow death of Ronald Reagan, and the near-simultaneous death of historian/biographer William Manchester, quickly put me in mind of the biography "Dutch," and left me somewhat remorseful that, thus far, no biographer of Manchester's caliber has tried to tackle Ronald Reagan.
Edmund Morris' "Dutch" is a nice try, but he never really "gets" Reagan. The account he gives of Reagan's life and accomplishment is clouded by his personal astonishment and confusion. Morris would do well to keep Ockham's Razor in mind (though I mean this more in reference to inventing excuses for Reagan's ideology and determination, and not in reference to the… Read more
4.0 out of 5 stars All too familiar, Feb. 19 2004
OK - bear with me for a moment: When two similar waveforms interfere with each other, there are two extremes of effect. In one, the waveforms are "in phase" - that is, their peaks occur at the same time and their troughs occur at the same time. In the other extreme (out of phase), one wave's peak occurs at the same location (or time) as another wave's trough. The effect of combining the "in phase" waves is addition - the amplitudes of the peaks are added together, thus greater than either one. This is commonly called "resonance." When the equal amplitude out-of-phase waves are added together, they cancel each other out. This is known as "destructive… Read more