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The New Reagan Revolution: How Ronald Reagan's Principles Can Restore America's Greatness

March 24, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 140

I had mixed feelings at times while reading "The New Reagan Revolution: How Ronald Reagan's Principles Can Restore America's Greatness" by Michael Reagan with Jim Denney. The book has a Foreword by Newt Gingrich and is also endorsed on the cover by Rush Limbaugh. Therefore, you can tell right now that if you are a liberal, die hard democrat, or just someone who leans that way, you are not going to like this book much. Unless you are reading it to learn more about conservative principles that Ronald Reagan stood for. If you are a conservative, you are going to enjoy this book much more. I think most people will figure that out by the cover, but wanted to make it clear that if you like this book or not will really be decided by your political views.

Most people that know me also know that I really respect President Reagan, and that I had an opportunity to spend thirty minutes one-on-one with him, discussing a variety of topics. I've also met Michael Reagan at one of his speeches, and enjoyed the speech and the short conversation with him. So why mixed feelings about this newest book of his? Parts I really enjoyed, and other times I felt he went a bit too far with the bashing of democrats and liberals. That's why.

It is a well researched book, with many pages of footnotes and references for those that want to check on the topics in the text. And to be fair, Michael Reagan's criticism is not strictly party line. He criticized republicans in this book too. And while I understand pointing out what you believe is wrong with some beliefs and policies, I enjoyed the positive aspects of the book about President Reagan much more. Also, once must remember that this book was written by President Reagan's son, and rightfully so, Michael Reagan places his father on a pretty high pedestal. If that bothers you, you might not like this book.

The parts of the book where Michael Reagan tells stories about his father, and shares his beliefs and views, I really enjoyed. These are the parts of the book that I hope people read and learn from. I also liked the motivational message encouraging everyone to get involved with our country's system, whether it be at a local level, or higher. The few times that I did not enjoy the book as much were when the author was bashing democrats and liberals and some of the policies and things they have done. It's not that I agree so much with the liberal policies, because I am more conservative and independent. (I agreed with Barry Goldwater when he voted for a Democrat in Arizona because he was the better candidate on the ticket. I too look for the best candidate, and usually side with the conservative based on fiscal matters.) I just felt that some of the liberal bashing was not productive, and I do not think President Reagan would have been as harsh. I remember asking President Reagan about President Clinton, because I met him in January of 1993, right before President Clinton took office. President Reagan said nothing negative at all, but said we would have to see how President Clinton could work with congress for the good of our country.

I don't like how divided the parties have become, and how it seems like there is more time and money spent on defeating the other party that building our country. That is why I didn't like some of this book, because I felt it added to this division, rather than encouraging a bridge to bring the country back together.

Overall, I liked the book, especially for the insight into President Reagan's beliefs and views, and the stories about him. I'd like to see more people follow the model he set, and I hope people will take those positive messages from this book and act on them as Michael Reagan encourages people to do with his action steps at the ends of chapters. Ronald Reagan believed in the greatness of America, and I hope people can recapture that and work together to make sure our country remains great.

Alain Burrese, J.D. is a writer, speaker, and mediator who teaches how to live, take action, and get things done through the Warrior's Edge. He is an expert on conflict and mediates and teaches conflict resolution and negotiation. Additionally, he teaches physical conflict skills in his Hapkido and Self-Defense courses, lectures, and seminars. Alain is the author of Hard-Won Wisdom From The School Of Hard Knocks, the DVDs Hapkido Hoshinsul, Streetfighting Essentials, Hapkido Cane, the Lock On Joint Locking series, and numerous articles and reviews. You can read more articles and reviews and see clips of his DVDs as well as much more at http://www.burrese.com and http://www.yourwarriorsedge.com

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