Reagan In His Own Voice

Version: Unabridged
Author: Kiron K. Skinner , Annelise Anderson , Martin Anderson
Narrator: Ronald Reagan
Genres: Biography & Memoir, North America
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: November 2001
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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"Reagan In His Own Voice" features Ronald Reagan's radio addresses from the late 1970s. Edited by Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson, they are introduced by George Shultz and feature additional introductions by Nancy Reagan, Richard V. Allen, Judge William Clark, Michael Deaver, Peter Hannaford, Edwin Meese III and Harry O'Connor.

From 1975 to 1979 Ronald Reagan gave more than 1,000 daily radio broadcasts, the great majority of which he wrote himself. This program represents the opening of a major archive of pre-presidential material from the Reagan Library and the Hoover Institution Archives. These addresses transform our image of Ronald Reagan, and enhance and revise our understanding of the late 1970s -- a time when Reagan held no political office, but was nonetheless mapping out a strategy to transform the economy, end the cold war, and create a vision of America that would propel him to the presidency.

These radio programs demonstrate that Reagan had carefully considered nearly every issue he would face as president. Reagan's radio broadcasts will change his reputation even among his closest allies and friends. Here, in his own voice, Reagan the thinker is finally fully revealed.

Reviews (10)

Regan in His Own Voice

Written by Cotton from Stigler, OK on January 8th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed this audio book as many of the snippets I had not heard. He was surely a man of great thought and wisdom.


Written by southpaw on June 14th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I expected this book to be kind of boring (put it on the list on a whim) and I was surprised at how good it was. I was in elementary school while he was president, so I enjoyed going back in time to get a better understanding of the times and of a man who influenced American culture.

Reagan - not the guy you thought you knew

Written by Jim on January 27th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Ronald Reagan had strong opinions on just about everything. He had a reputation (in the popular media anyway) as a doddering fool actor who was surrounded by powerful men that manipulated him and fed him his scripts. This book is based on at least 6 years of 3 minute radio commentaries that he did 5 days a week. What most people never realized is that he wrote every one of these himself. You get to hear his voice and get the sense that, agree with him or not, he really believed and cared about the issues he addressed. Hated Reagan? You probably will not like this book too much - but give it a chance and you may grow to respect him. Liked him? You will most definitely enjoy hearing his voice and clarity that is so lacking in today's leaders of all political stripes.

A Fantastic Listen

Written by Robb Odom on January 2nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a very interesting and informative book. I knew of Reagan's time on the radio, but did not realize that he had written it all himself. His foresight and insight was amazing. I strongly recommend this book for both Reagan supporters and detractors.

Reagan In His Own Voice

Written by Howard from Kent, WA on December 23rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was unaware of R. Reagan's radio commentaries of the late 1970's until having listened to this book. Many believe(d) President Reagan was an actor and puppet of a larger political force. These recordings completely and compellingly disprove that! They show the incredible depth and intelligence of the greatest president this country could have had during that very complex and politically historic time.

Reagan In His Own Voice

Written by Paul Harbison from Fredericksburg, VA on December 5th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I wish I could rate this audio book with six (6) stars instead of five (5) stars. This is an excellent audio book. It made me wish for someone like Ronald Reagan in the White House again. I highly recommend this audio book. Reagan points out the liberal left and their agenda to usurp the American traditions that have held this country together for over 200 years. He points out that American can continue to lead the world in democracy, technology and justice. I wish our elected leaders had the chrisma, talent, and fortitude that Ronald Reagan had as President. Get it and enjoy it!

Reagan In His Own Voice

Written by Anonymous on August 2nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is an excellent rental. I learned more about Pres. Reagan from this than any biography that I have read.

Reagan In His own Voice

Written by Mary on April 22nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The preponderence of commentaries at the onset were a bit bothersome. But it is good to hear Reagan's familiar voice with his clear common sense.

No matter your political persuasion....

Written by Doug Boling on March 21st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

these commentaries are a great insight into what he did during his presidency. And many of the insights are very timely on today's issues. The one on Social Security reform is right on target.

Excellent selection - and timely.

Written by Anonymous from Uxbridge, ON on August 5th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

After listening to this selection, you will have a new appreciation for the wit, wisdom and sense of values he possessed. Very entertaining and enlightening.

Author Details

Author Details

Reagan, Ronald

At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government. He felt he had fulfilled his campaign pledge of 1980 to restore ""the great, confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism.""

On February 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to Nelle and John Reagan in Tampico, Illinois. He attended high school in nearby Dixon and then worked his way through Eureka College. There, he studied economics and sociology, played on the football team, and acted in school plays. Upon graduation, he became a radio sports announcer. A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. During the next two decades he appeared in 53 films.

From his first marriage to actress Jane Wyman, he had two children, Maureen and Michael. Maureen passed away in 2001. In 1952 he married Nancy Davis, who was also an actress, and they had two children, Patricia Ann and Ronald Prescott.

As president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan became embroiled in disputes over the issue of Communism in the film industry; his political views shifted from liberal to conservative. He toured the country as a television host, becoming a spokesman for conservatism. In 1966 he was elected Governor of California by a margin of a million votes; he was re-elected in 1970.

Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980 and chose as his running mate former Texas Congressman and United Nations Ambassador George Bush. Voters troubled by inflation and by the year-long confinement of Americans in Iran swept the Republican ticket into office. Reagan won 489 electoral votes to 49 for President Jimmy Carter.

On January 20, 1981, Reagan took office. Only 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. His grace and wit during the dangerous incident caused his popularity to soar.

Dealing skillfully with Congress, Reagan obtained legislation to stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment, and strengthen national defense. He embarked upon a course of cutting taxes and Government expenditures, refusing to deviate from it when the strengthening of defense forces led to a large deficit.

A renewal of national self-confidence by 1984 helped Reagan and Bush win a second term with an unprecedented number of electoral votes. Their victory turned away Democratic challengers Walter F. Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro.

In 1986 Reagan obtained an overhaul of the income tax code, which eliminated many deductions and exempted millions of people with low incomes. At the end of his administration, the Nation was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression.

In foreign policy, Reagan sought to achieve ""peace through strength."" During his two terms he increased defense spending 35 percent, but sought to improve relations with the Soviet Union. In dramatic meetings with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, he negotiated a treaty that would eliminate intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Reagan declared war against international terrorism, sending American bombers against Libya after evidence came out that Libya was involved in an attack on American soldiers in a West Berlin nightclub.

By ordering naval escorts in the Persian Gulf, he maintained the free flow of oil during the Iran-Iraq war. In keeping with the Reagan Doctrine, he gave support to anti-Communist insurgencies in Central America, Asia, and Africa.

Overall, the Reagan years saw a restoration of prosperity, and the goal of peace through strength seemed to be within grasp.

Skinner, Kiron K.

Kiron K. Skinner is an assistant professor of history and of political science at Carnegie Mellon University, and a Hoover Institution Research Fellow. She is also a Fellow in the Department of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her articles have appeared in "The Wall Street Journal" and "National Interest". She earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Anderson, Annelise

Anderson has been a fellow at the Hoover Inst. since 1963. She was an adviser to Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidental campaign & associate director of the Office of Management & Budget from 1981-1983.