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Ronald Reagan in Quotations

A Topical Dictionary, with Sources, of the Presidential Years

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President Ronald Reagan's folksy way with words and evocative delivery earned him the moniker "The Great Communicator." From witty political challenges like "Go ahead, make my day" to legendary international demands such as "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," Reagan's idioms have become engrained in America's historical lexicon. This encyclopedic compilation gathers nearly 2500 quotations from speeches and other public addresses that Reagan delivered, either in person or on radio or television, during his eight years as president. Organized topically into more than 60 primary subject areas, the entries reveal Reagan's policy thought on issues from abortion to welfare reform. Each includes information on the title, date, venue, and audience of the speech from which the phrase is taken. The most comprehensive collection of Reagan quotations available, this accessible work offers new and revealing insights into the mind and heart of the fortieth president.

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