How Ronald Reagan's 'Journey' Transformed U.S. Politics

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President Ronald Reagan at his desk in the Oval Office, Washington, D.C. (Photo: Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

A new biography traces Ronald Reagan's rise from humble midwest beginnings to B-grade movie star to president of the United States. Author Bob Spitz’s "Reagan: An American Journey" includes new details about Reagan’s private life, his controversial tenure as president of the Screen Actors Guild during Hollywood's blacklist era, and eyewitness accounts of the 1981 assassination attempt. Spitz joins us for the hour. What do you consider Ronald Reagan's lasting impact?


Bob Spitz, author, "Reagan: An American Journey," "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child" and "The Beatles"