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Book: Ronald Reagan: An All American
Author: June Behrens
Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing, 1981
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Behrens, June. Ronald Reagan: An All American (published in 1981 by Children’s Press, Regensteiner Publishing Enterprises Inc., Chicago, IL). It is my opinion, and not mine alone, that Ronald Wilson Reagan was the greatest United States President in the twentieth century and certainly in my lifetime. However, the leftist elite in this country still hate himabsolutely hate him! He presided over one of the greatest economic booms this nation has ever known, but the revisionists now call it the “decade of greed.” He almost single-handedly, with help from Margaret Thatcher of England and to a lesser degree Helmut Kohl of Germany, paved the way for the demise of the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain. Yet his enemies want to give sole credit to Soviet Communist leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Jimmy Carter is still running around loose trying to establish the “legacy” of his presidency. Bill Clinton, who had to declare after the 1994 election, “I am still relevant,” will likely be remembered more for Monica Lewinski than anything else. But the place of Reagan in the history of America and the world is quite secure, as long as the TRUTH is being told. This book briefly chronicles Reagan’s life, from his humble beginnings as a little boy from a small town in the Midwest to becoming Governor of California and finally President of the United States. It is very similar in size and content to the “Cornerstones of Freedom” books from the same publisher, but it is not listed as a part of that series. It ought to be, because Ronald Reagan was truly a Cornerstone of Freedom for this country during modern times.