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An American Life

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Ronald Reagan

Narrated By: Ronald Reagan

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: July 2004

Duration: 3 hours 0 minutes


Ronald Reagan is an American success story. From modest beginnings in a small midwestern town to a distinguished career in films and television, he lived the American dream; as governor of California and as the century's most popular president, he embodied and revitalized the American spirit.
Now in this dramatic and revealing memoir, Ronald Reagan recounts both his life and his beliefs with uncompromising candor and his familiar wit. He discusses his decision to run for president, historic meetings with Mikhail Gorbachev and other heads of state, his frustrations in dealing with an often hostile congress, his unshakable faith in the American people and the enduring love for Nancy, who will always be his First Lady. In a moving passage, President Reagan also speaks frankly about the assassination attempt on his life and its effects on him and his family.
An American Life is a richly detailed, definitive account of a great and historic presidency and of a unique American Life -- from the man who restored America's confidence and strength and shaped the future of the world.


  • John V

    Awesome to hear it in his voice. Although I wish it was longer, kinda left me wanting more.

  • Brooke Wano

    Such a cool experience to hear the man himself recount his memories. Highly recommended.

  • Hilda Maurera

    Great and aspiring. I was born in the early 80's and grew up with conservative ideas and values from immigrant parents. Love President Reagan and wish we had such leadership today.

  • Daniel Berry

    Great book!

  • Anonymous

    Most enjoyable! A pleasure to listen to from start to finish.

  • Anonymous

    It was so great to hear Reagan's voice again. It brought back great memories. How we need someone like him again! It should be required reading (listening) for students today. Truly a great American!

  • Denise Rose

    My workout at the gym was worth while in two aspects..I was learning something and getting fit at the same time. It was good to hear Ronald Reagan's perspective on accounts that happened when I was too young to remember or care.

  • Anonymous

    This book was very enjoyable. It was easy to get through and very interesting to hear the intimate details of Ronald Reagan's career as President in his own voice. I always loved Ronald Reagan but after hearing this book, I love him even more. I think he was a "unique" type of politician and a very loving man.

  • Patrick Carmichael

    The book sort of meanders and just briefly touches most of the subject matter but to hear this story read by President Reagan himself is worth the price of admission.

  • Elizabeth Markman

    I always liked Ronald Reagan, and now I like him even more. His love for his country, his deep convictions, his vision and his hope all shine through his reading of the text. Reagan's comfortable manner made me feel like I was listening to an old friend talking to me personally, rather than a former president reading his autobiography. I only gave the book three stars because it is not a literary masterpiece. More skilled writers might have expressed themselves in a more polished manner. But even so, this book is not a disappointment, because it feels like a friendly chat which doesn't need any "polish."

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