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Bibliography on Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, and the Reagan Administration

Alterman, Eric. When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its Consequences. New York: Viking, 2004.

Anderson, Martin. Revolution. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988.

Anderson, Martin. Revolution: The Reagan Legacy. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 1991.

Baker, James. Work Hard, Study…And Keep Out of Politics! Adventures and Lessons from an Unexpected Public Life. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2006.

Barrett, Lawrence I. Gambling with History: Ronald Reagan in the White House. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1983.

Bell, Terrell. The Thirteenth Man: A Reagan Cabinet Memoir. New York: Free Press, 1988.

Berman, Larry, ed. Looking Back on the Reagan Presidency. Baltimore, MD: The Johns  Hopkins University Press, 1990.

Blumenthal, Sidney and Thomas Byrne Edsall, eds. The Reagan Legacy. New York: Pantheon Books, 1988.

Bohn, Michael K. Nerve Center: Inside the White House Situation Room. Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2003.

Boyarsky, Bill. Ronald Reagan: His Life and Rise to the Presidency. New York: Random House, 1981.

Boykin, John. Cursed is the Peacemaker: The American Diplomat Versus the Israeli General, Beirut 1982. Belmont, CA: Applegate Press, 2002.

Brady, John. Bad Boy: The Life and Politics of Lee Atwater Reading, MA: Addison Wesley, 1996.

Brown, Mary Beth. Hand of Providence: The Strong and Quiet Faith of Ronald Reagan. Nashville: WND Books, 2004.

Brownlee, W. Elliot, and Hugh Davis Graham, eds. The Reagan Presidency: Pragmatic Conservatism and Its Legacies. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2003.

Bruck, Connie. When Hollywood Had a King: The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent into Power and Influence. New York: Random House, 2003.

Cannon, Lou. President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Cannon, Lou. Reagan. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1982.

Cannon, Lou. Ronald Reagan: The Presidential Portfolio: A History Illustrated from the Collection of the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum. New York: Public Affairs, 2001.

Cannon, Lou. Ronnie and Jesse: A Political Odyssey. Garden City: Doubleday, 1969.

Colacello, Bob. Ronnie & Nancy: Their Path to the White House, 1911 to 1980. New York: Warner Books, 2004.

Cole, Ronald H. Operation Urgent Fury: The Planning and Execution of Joint Operations in Grenada, 12 October – 2 November 1983. Washington, D.C.: Joint History Office, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, 1997.

Craig, Mickey G. Defending the Reagan Legacy. John M. Ashcroft Center for Public Affairs, 1993.

Crile, George. Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003.

Dallek, Matthew. The Right Moment : Ronald Reagan's First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics. New York: The Free Press, 2000.

Darman, Richard. Who's in Control? Polar Politics and the Sensible Center. New York: Simon & Shuster, 1996.

Deaver, Michael and Mickey Herskowitz. Behind the Scenes. New York: William Morrow, 1987.

Deaver, Michael. A Different Drummer: My Thirty Years with Ronald Reagan. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.

DeYoung, Karen. Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell. New York: Knopf, 2006.

Diggins, John P. Ronald Reagan: Fate, Freedom, and the Making of History. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2007.

Drew, Elizabeth. Campaign Journal: The Political Events of 1981-1984. New York: Macmillan, 1985.

D'Souza, Dinesh. Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader. New York: The Free Press, 1997.

Dugger, Ronnie. On Reagan: The Man and His Presidency. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1983.

Edwards, Anne. Early Reagan: The Rise to Power. New York: William Morrow, 1987.

Edwards, Lee. The Conservative Revolution: The Movement that Remade America. New York: Free Press, 1999.

Edwards, Lee. Reagan: A Political Biography. San Diego, CA: Viewpoint, 1967.

Evans, Thomas W. The Education of Ronald Reagan: The General Electric Years and the Untold Story of His Conversion to Conservatism. New York: Columbia UniversityPress, 2006.

Eymann, Marcia A. and Charles Wollenberg, eds. What's Going On? California and the Vietnam Era. Oakland: Oakland Museum of California; Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.

Fitzgerald, Frances. Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars, and the End of the Cold War. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Fitzwater, Marlin. Call the Briefing! Bush and Reagan, Sam and Helen, a Decade with Presidents and the Press. New York: Times Books, 1995.

Freiling, Tom. Reagan's God and Country: A President's Moral Compass: His Beliefs on God, Religious Freedom, the Sanctity of Life, and More. Ann Arbor, MI: Vine, 2000.

Gaddis, John L. The Cold War: A New History. The Penguin Press, 2005.

Gergen, David. Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Germond, Jack W. and Jules Whitcover. Blue Smoke & Mirrors: How Reagan Won & Why Carter Lost the Election of 1980. New York: Viking Press, 1981.

Germond, Jack W. and Jules Whitcover. Wake Us When It's Over: Presidential Politics of 1984. New York: Macmillan, 1985.

Greenburg, Jan C. Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court. New York: Penguin Press, 2007.

Haig, Alexander M. Caveat: Realism, Reagan, and Foreign Policy. New York: Macmillan, 1984.

Hannaford, Peter. The Reagans: A Political Portrait. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983.

Hannaford, Peter. Recollections of Reagan: A Portrait of Ronald Reagan. New York: William Morrow, 1997.

Hart, Jeffrey. The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and Its Times. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2005.

Jackman, Ian, ed. Ronald Reagan Remembered: CBS News. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.

Johnson, Haynes. Sleepwalking Through History: America In the Reagan Years. New York: W.W. Norton, 1991.

Kengor, Paul. God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life. New York: Regan, 2004.

Kirkpatrick, Jeane J. The Reagan Phenomenon and Other Speeches on Foreign Policy. Washington: American Enterprise Institute, 1983.

Kornbluth, Peter and Macolm Byrne, eds. The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History. New York: The New Press, 1993.

Ledeen, Michael A. Perilous Statecraft: An Insider's Account of the Iran-Contra Affair. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988.

Lehman, John F. Command of the Seas. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988.

Lettow, Paul V. Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. New York: Random House, 2005.

Levy, Peter B. Encyclopedia of the Reagan-Bush Years. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Mackey, Sandra. The Saudis: Inside the DesertKingdom. New York: W.W. Norton, 2002.

Matlock, Jack F. Autopsy of an Empire: The American Ambassador's Account of the Collapse of the Soviet Union. New York: Random House, 1995.

Matlock, Jack F. Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended. New York: Random House, 2004.

Mayer, Jane and Doyle McManus. Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984-1988. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1988.

McFarlane, Robert, with Zofia Smardz. Special Trust. New York: Cadell & Davies, 1994.

McGirr, Lisa. Suburban Warriors: The Origins of the New American Right. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001.

McKenzie, Richard B. What Went Right in the 1980s. San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute  for Public Policy, 1994.

Meese, Edwin. With Reagan: The Inside Story. Washington, DC: Regnery Gateway, 1992.

Menges, Constantine. Inside the National Security Council: The True Story of the Making and Unmaking of Reagan's Foreign Policy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991.

Morris, Edmund. Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan. New York: Random House, 1999.

Muir, William Ker. The Bully Pulpit: The Presidential Leadership of Ronald Reagan. San Francisco: ICS Press, 1992.

Naftali, Timothy J. Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism. New York: Basic Books, 2005.

Niskanen, William A. Reaganomics: An Insider's Account of the Policies and the People. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Nofziger, Lyn. Nofziger. Chicago: Regnery Gateway, 1992.

Noonan, Peggy. What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era. New York:  Random House, 1990.

Noonan, Peggy. When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan. New York: Viking, 2001.

North, Oliver with William Novak. Under Fire: An American Story. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.

Oberdorfer, Don. The Turn: from Cold War to a New Era: the United States and the Soviet  Union, 1983-1990. New York: Poseiden Press, 1991.

O'Sullivan, John. The President, the Pope, and the Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Pub., 2006.

Palmer, John L. Perspectives on the Reagan Years.Washington: The Urban Institute, 1986.

Patterson, James T. Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Pemberton, William E. Exit with Honor: The Life and Presidency of Ronald Reagan. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1997.

Pipes, Richard. Vixi: Memoirs of a Non-Belonger. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2003.

Powell, Colin, with Joseph E. Persico. My American Journey. New York: Random House, 1995.

Public Papers of the Presidents: Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989 (15 volumes) Washington, DC: Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration ; U.S. Government Printing Office, 1982-1991.

Rarick, Ethan. California Rising: The Life and Times of Pat Brown. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

Reagan, Maureen. First Father, First Daughter: A Memoir. Boston: Little, Brown, 1989.

Reagan, Michael with Joe Hyams. On the Outside Looking In. New York: Kensington, 1988.

Reagan, Nancy. I Love You Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan. New York: Random House, 2000.

Reagan, Nancy with William Novak. My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan. New York: Random House, 1989.

Reagan, Nancy with Bill Libby. Nancy. New York: Berkeley Books, 1980.

Reagan, Ronald. An American Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.

Reagan, Ronald. Creative Society: Some Comments on Problems Facing America. 2nd ed. Old Greenwich, CT: The Devin Adair Company, 1981.

Reagan, Ronald. President Reagan's Quotations. Edited by Clark Cassell. Washington: Braddock  Publications, 1984

Reagan, Ronald. The Quotable Ronald Reagan: The Common Sense and Straight Talk of Former California Governor Ronald Reagan. Edited by Joseph R. Holmes. San Diego: JRH and Associates, 1975.

Reagan, Ronald. The Reagan Diaries. Edited by Douglas Brinkley. New York: Harper Collins, 2007.

Reagan, Ronald. Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Reagan that Reveal his Revolutionary Vision for America. Edited by Kiron Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson. New York: Free Press, 2001.

Reagan, Ronald. Reagan: A Life in Letters. Edited by Kiron Skinner, Annelise Anderson and Martin Anderson. New York: Free Press, 2003.

Reagan, Ronald. The Reagan Wit. Edited by Bill Adler and Bill Adler, Jr. Aurora, IL: Caroline House Publishers, 1981.

Reagan, Ronald. Reagan's Path to Victory: The Shaping of Ronald Reagan's Vision: Selected Writings. Edited by Kiron Skinner, Annelise Anderson and Martin Anderson. New York: Free Press, 2004.

Reagan, Ronald. Ronald Reagan Talks to America. Old Greenwich, CT: The Devin Adair Company, 1983.

Reagan, Ronald. Ronald Reagan: The Wisdom and Humor of the Great Communicator. Edited by Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. San Francisco: Collins, 1995

Reagan, Ronald. Sincerely, Ronald Reagan. Edited by Helene Von Damm. New York: Berkley Books, 1980.

Reagan, Ronald. Speaking My Mind. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.

Reagan, Ronald. Stories in His Own Hand: The Everyday Wisdom of Ronald Reagan. Edited by Kiron Skinner, Annelise Anderson and Martin Anderson. New York: Free Press, 2001.

Reagan, Ronald. A Time for Choosing: The Speeches of Ronald Reagan 1961-1982. Edited by Alfred Balitzer. Chicago: Regnery Gateway, 1983.

Reagan, Ronald. with Richard G. Hubler. Where's the Rest of Me? New York: Karz Publishers, 1981.

Reeves, Richard. President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Regan, Donald T. For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington. San Diego, CA: Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich, 1988.

Ritter, Kurt and David Henry. Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator. New York: Greenwood Press, 1992.

Rollins, Peter C. and John E. O'Connor, eds. Hollywood's White House: The American Presidency in Film and History. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2005.

Rose, Richard. The Postmodern President: The White House Meets the World. Chatham, NJ: Chatham House, 1988.

Rothkopf, David J. Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power. New York: Public Affairs, 2005.

Rowny, Edward L. It Takes One to Tango. Washington: Brassey's (US), 1992.

Schieffer, Bob and Gary Paul Gates. The Acting President.  New York: E.P. Dutton, 1989.

Schulman, Bruce J. The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Society, and Politics. New York: Free Press, 2001.

Schweizer, Peter. Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism. New York: Doubleday, 2002.

Schweizer, Peter. Victory: the Reagan Administrations Secret Strategy that Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union. New York: The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1994.

Shultz, George P. Turmoil and Triumph: My Years as Secretary of State. New York: Charles  Scribner's Sons, 1993.

Simpson, Christopher. National Security Directives of the Reagan and Bush Administrations: The Declassified History of United States Political and Military Policy, 1981-1991. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995.

Skinner, Kiron K. ed. Turning Points in Ending the Cold War.Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 2007.

Sloan, John W. The Reagan Effect: Economics and Presidential Leadership. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1999.

Smith, William French. Law and Justice in the Reagan Administration: The Memoirs of an  Attorney General. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institute Press, 1991

Speakes, Larry and Robert Pack. Speaking Out. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1988.

Stanik, Joseph T. El DoradoCanyon: Reagan's Undeclared War with Qaddafi. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2003.

Stockman, David A. The Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed. New York: Harper and Row, 1986.

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Vaughn, Stephen. Ronald Reagan in Hollywood: Movies and Politics. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Von Damm, Helene. At Reagan's Side. New York: Doubleday, 1989.

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Weinberger, Caspar. Fighting for Peace: Seven Critical Years in the Pentagon. New York: Warner Books, 1990.

White, F. Clifton. Politics as a Noble Calling: the Memoirs of F. Clifton White. Chicago: Jameson Books, 1994.

Wills, Garry. Reagan's America: Innocents at Home. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1987.

Winik, Jay. On the Brink: The Dramatic, Behind-the-Scenes Saga of the Reagan Era and the Men and Women Who Won the Cold War. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Last updated 8/22/2007