In honor of the 59th anniversary of President Reagan’s 39th birthday (as he would have said), I wanted to mention a book I ran across called Ronald Reagan’s America: His Voice, His Dreams, and His Vision of Tomorrow, by Terry Golway (2008, Sourcebooks, Inc.).

Each chapter of this book discusses a particular Reagan speech, from “THE Speech” he gave on behalf of Barry Goldwater’s campaign in 1964 to his farewell address to the nation on January 11, 1989. The neat thing is that the book includes a CD that includes excerpts from each of the 29 speeches, as Ronald Reagan gave them, so you can hear them in Reagan’s own voice. (Warning: After listening to the CD you may end up even more depressed about today’s situation.)

As a freshman in college, I took off my spring quarter in 1976 to work as a Youth for Reagan national field rep, working in the Indiana, West Virginia and Tennessee primaries, and at the national convention. In more ways than one, that experience led me to where I am today.

Thank you, President Reagan, for all you did for America, for the world, and for me.