True Reagan: What Made Ronald Reagan Great And Why It Matters  -     By: James Rosebush
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As a senior advisor to President Ronald Reagan and chief of staff to his wife, Nancy, Rosebush had unique access to our country's 40th president---and behind-the-scenes knowledge of his character and leadership style. In this insightful memoir, he reveals the heart of Reagan's fundamental beliefs and the key to his communication skills. Includes 16 pages of photos, 278 pages, hardcover from Center Street.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 263
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1455593826
ISBN-13: 9781455593828

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WHAT MADE RONALD REAGAN TICK? What was the secret to his greatness, the source of his influence, the key to his character, the strength behind his leadership?

And why does it matter to the nation today?

Just the mention of his name still evokes deep admiration and affection among Americans of every stripe, on both sides of the aisle. Many have previously sought to capture the essence of this very public figure often called "mysterious and unknowable." But now, as James Rosebush tells Reagan's story from first-hand experience in TRUE REAGAN, we come closer to understanding the heart of this great American.

In his roles as the longest-serving Chief of Staff to Nancy Reagan and Deputy Assistant to President Reagan (his point man on philanthropy and public/private partnerships), James Rosebush had unrivaled one-on-one access to Reagan, observing his personality, his decision-making, his guarded nature. Rosebush's revelations are moving and meant to inspire us to look to our 40th President for guidance now as we face the global challenges of a complicated 21st century.

Ronald Reagan was first and foremost an intensely private person, although the life he led placed him at the center of people's attention from his earliest years. Small-town boy and college athlete, sportscaster and lifelong sports fan, actor and movie star, union leader and TV spokesman, Democrat and Republican, governor and president: what an incredible and extraordinary path. Rosebush tells how his center core was formed by his mother, who devoted herself to helping others even as the Reagans struggled themselves. The spiritual foundation she instilled in him by teaching him the Bible governed his thoughts, beliefs and actions all his life.

In a very real sense, his upbringing destined Reagan to become a global evangelist for American Exceptionalism - but importantly, as Rosebush learned first-hand, that did not mean Reagan thought Americans themselves were superior, as today's pundits and politicians often preach. Rather, Reagan believed that the ideals of America's founding were superior, enabling all Americans to live lives based on high ideals and spiritual principles, and thus achieve unparalleled success. Reagan was uniquely able to lead from true conviction and strength, his confidence stemming from an unshakeable fundamental belief system.

Better understanding the essence of this inspiring and principled leader is critical to our future. Journey back with Rosebush through the innumerable examples he recounts from first-hand observation and marvel once again at TRUE REAGAN.

Author Bio

JAMES ROSEBUSH was Deputy Assistant to President Reagan, the Chief of Staff to First Lady Nancy Reagan, and a Senior Advisor at the White House.

Editorial Reviews

This book fills an important space in the Reagan literature. It gives readers an exciting understanding of the pace and texture of life in that dynamic President's White House.—George F. Will, Syndicated Columnist

This up-close, personal account by a real White House insider gives us the best insight yet into who Ronald Reagan really was and what made him tick.—Bob Schieffer, CBS News
Rosebush understands Reagan-what motivated him and what made him great. We need a whole lot more of Reagan's powerful moral courage and Jim Rosebush has shared what the President revealed to him on this subject during the years he worked in the White House. A must-read for anyone who loves Reagan and wants to understand him better. A blueprint for our current and future leaders. They could learn a lot from this book.—Larry Kudlow, CNBC Senior Contributor, Radio Host of the nationally syndicated Larry Kudlow Show
This book leaves no doubt that Ronald Reagan was the most consequential President of the second half of the twentieth century. He was my model as Mayor of New York. The book should be required reading for all presidential candidates and voters.—Rudolph W. Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, and Associate Attorney General and U.S. Attorney appointed by President Ronald Reagan
Jim Rosebush's insights are firsthand, close-up, and reliable. His is a fine addition to the growing canon about our greatest modern President.—Mitch Daniels, President, Purdue University, and former Governor of Indiana
No one was in a position to observe and understand the unique character of Ronald Reagan better than Jim Rosebush, who interacted with the President and his family as a trusted professional. His judgement on White House matters public and private is authoritative.—John Lehman, former Secretary of the Navy and member of the 9/11 Commission
Jim captures the wit, wisdom, and warmth of President Reagan. He was there as Reagan set out to change America and wound up changing the world. Jim had a unique perch to understand the character and leadership attributes of our beloved 40th President. He also was a keen observer of the real, not Hollywood, love affair between the President and Nancy and the impact that had on Reagan's achievements.—Kenneth M. Duberstein, former White House Chief of Staff to President Reagan
Jim Rosebush brings special perspective to the subject of Ronald Reagan. He enjoyed the unique position of having worked for both the President and First Lady. Jim is a natural communicator and, as such, has the capacity to reach a wide audience on a topic of great national interest.—Susan Eisenhower
I doubt that anyone had more time with the Reagans than Jim Rosebush---As Nancy Reagan's Chief of Staff, Jim was indispensable both in Washington and when they traveled abroad. In my job as Chief of Protocol, I had many occasions to be grateful to Jim for his empathy and efficiency and he was always a delight to work with.—Selwa "Lucky" Roosevelt

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  1. Indiana
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    fantastic and compelling
    April 12, 2016
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    President Reagan was in office as I went from high school through college. There were words, speeches or actions by the President I could recall to mind pretty quickly. Then, I sat down and read through True Reagan in one sitting, alternating between the inner character of the man as well as busting out laughing at some of the ways Reagan expressed himself.

    As I read I was impressed with knowing more about his family background and how that shaped the man he became in life. I learned some of the sorrows and trials he went through in his formative years and as an adult; after all, no one can walk through this life without knowing both. It was really touching to see what he read and committed to memory and how being President at times wasnt the easiest of jobs to hold.

    Early in the morning I was towards the end of the book when the author stated a quote from President Reagan and I just lost it! In fact, my husband woke up and I told him and he proceeded to laugh as well. Ronald Reagan was courageous, a risk taker, a student who if his subject was unknown to him he sought whatever avenue could help him learn about it. I never realized how much of a strategist he was or one of the few times he lost his temper. There were many thoughts going through my mind as I read about the man; yet, one was most pressing, Who can be a leader as he was for our times?

    No one can take or imitate Ronald Reagan. Like all of us he truly was one of a kind, but the virtues he lived by can become a part of anyones life if they so choose. For his values, traits, and character were steeped in Scripture and in classic literature, both of which are available to all today. President Reagan didnt talk about his walk with God, but he showed it time and again. After you read the book, I hope that like me you will commit to being more determined to live selflessly, others-focused and God honoring.

    As Reagan knew it was his time to do what God called him to do; now we too must know it is our time to do what God has called us to do. It will take humility, belief in God and fellow Americans, and something akin to the sense of humor this President unlike any other Presidents exhibited and restore hope to our nation in her time of need.
  2. Victorville, CA
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    An inspiring inside look behind what made Ronald Reagan so great!
    April 11, 2016
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    "Though Reagan was famous with his generation for having starred in movies, the fact was his resume included many more jobs than just appearing in films - all of them preparing him for and leading up to his ultimate starring role as President. Reagan was President for eight years, but the world was never on intimate terms with him. The world never owned a little bit of him as it has some other leaders who have lived out their personal lives in public. He made many of us feel better and more secure about our own lives but we were never invited into his. According to Fouad Ajami of Stanford University, 'The Reagan presidency was about America, and never about Ronald Reagan." (pg 63).

    In the book, True Reagan by James Rosebush, readers are given a rare glimpse into the man who many considered the last great President of the United States, like we never have before. James Rosebush was the longest-serving Chief of Staff to Nancy Reagan and Deputy Assistant to President Reagan, and through this book, we learn what made Reagan tick, what was the secret to his greatness, the source of his influence, the key to his character and the strength behind his leadership?

    "He has been out of office for nearly three decades, and yet the name of Ronald Reagan is heard often today. Even as history fades and the precise details of his presidency become less distinct, many believe that the fortieth President of the United States would have answers to the complex and almost implacable issues we face today, or, at minimum, he might have the bearing and the strength of character to significantly improve global geopolitical conditions. In our extraordinarily disruptive world, Reagan is recalled as a leader who could verbally wrestle global agitators into submission. Some people look for his character traits to be represented in the voices of today's leaders. Few find them there." (pg 1).

    It is hard not to look back in history and see the confidence and strength that came from a man who gained the respect not only of his own country but of the world in his negotiations with some difficult situations in office. Many claim that Reagan was the one responsible for Gorbachev tearing down the Berlin Wall in spite of ongoing tensions during the Cold War with Russia. Many don't know that Reagan was both a Democrat and Republican, Actor, Life Guard, Sportcaster, Governor and President, but also the son of a preacher, not his father but mother, and wonderful devoted husband. While he led our country through eight years, he never hid behind his title or garnered attention in office. In fact, he was a private man who spent most of his time, living out his faith in ways many won't understand until he left office. He was bold, yet humble, strong yet assertive, and most of all I believe he was the last great President this nation has had.

    I received True Reagan by James Rosebush compliments of Center Street Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Groups in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of this book in exchange for my personal and honest evaluation. There are so many great quotes from this book in numerous speeches that Reagan gave during some of his highlights during his presidency. Since I grew up with him as President, I never considered the depth of his character until many years later. I feel I missed an opportunity to really know him in light of the recent presidents that have held office after his. You can't help but wonder how this country and world might be if he was still in office. For me, this one rated a 5 out of 5 stars and has found a permanent home in my personal library. Highly recommend to anyone looking for evidence of Reagan's faith while in office as President.
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