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Ronald Reagan bibliography

The Ronald Reagan Bibliography includes major books and articles about President Ronald Reagan and his policies.


  • Biographies 1
  • Politics and Domestic issues 2
  • Foreign affairs 3
  • Governor of California 4
  • Rhetoric, media and values 5
  • Historiography and memory 6
  • Primary sources 7
    • By aides 7.1
  • Library directory 8
  • External links 9


  • Hayward, Steven F. The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution, 1980-1989 (2010)
  • Hayward, Steven F. The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964-1980 (2001)
  • Benze, Jr. James G. Nancy Reagan: On the White House Stage (2005), University Press of Kansas
  • Burgan, Michael. Ronald Reagan (DK Biography, 2010), heavily illustrated; for middle schools
  • Cannon, Lou. President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime Public Affairs. (2nd ed 2000) 948 pp. full-length biography
  • Cannon, Lou. Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power Public Affairs. detailed biography
  • D’Souza, Dinesh. Ronald Reagan: How An Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader (1997)
  • Evans, Thomas W. The Education of Ronald Reagan: The General Electric Years (2006)
  • Kleinknecht, William. "The Man Who Sold the World: Ronald Reagan and the Betrayal of Main Street America" (2009)
  • Morris, Edmund. Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan (1999), includes fictional material
  • Pemberton, William E. Exit with Honor: The Life and Presidency of Ronald Reagan (1998) short biography
  • Reeves, Richard. President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination (2005) detailed analysis by a journalist
  • Sullivan, George. Mr. President (1997). for middle schools

Politics and Domestic issues

  • Aldrich, John H., and David W. Rohde. Change and Continuity in the 1984 Elections. (1987)
  • Congressional Quarterly. Congress and the Nation, 1981-1984 (1985); 1162 pp highly detailed coverage of all major issues based on CQ Weekly Report; Congress and the Nation, 1985-1989 (1990); 1194 pp highly detailed coverage of all major issues
  • Crafton, William. "The Incremental Revolution: Ronald Reagan and Welfare Reform in the 1970s," Journal of Policy History (2014) 26#1 pp 27–47. online
  • Cunningham, Sean P. Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right (2010)
  • Berman, Larry, ed. Looking Back on the Reagan Presidency (1990), essays by academics
  • Brinkley, Alan and Davis Dyer. The American Presidency (2004)
  • Brownlee, W. Elliot and Hugh Davis Graham, eds. The Reagan Presidency: Pragmatic Conservatism and Its Legacies (2003)
  • Bunch, Will. Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future (2009). Review and excerpt.
  • Busch, Andrew E. Reagan's Victory: The Presidential Election of 1980 and the Rise of the Right, (2005) online review by Michael Barone
  • Campagna; Anthony S. The Economy in the Reagan Years: The Economic Consequences of the Reagan Administrations Greenwood Press. 1994
  • Cannon, Lou. Ronald Reagan: The Presidential Portfolio. Public Affairs. ISBN
  • Collins, Chuck, Felice Yeskel, and United for a Fair Economy. "Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity." (2000). on tax policies.
  • Cook, Daniel M. and Polsky, Andrew J. "Political Time Reconsidered: Unbuilding and Rebuilding the State under the Reagan Administration." American Politics Research(4): 577-605. ISSN 1532-673X Fulltext in SwetsWise. Argues Reagan slowed enforcement of pollution laws and transformed the national education agenda.
  • Dallek, Matthew. The Right Moment: Ronald Reagan's First Victory and the Decisive Turning Point in American Politics. (2004). Study of 1966 election as governor.
  • Ehrman, John. The Eighties: America in the Age of Reagan. (2005)
  • Ferguson Thomas, and Joel Rogers, Right Turn: The Decline of the Democrats and the Future of American Politics 1986.
  • Germond, Jack W. and Jules Witcover. Blue Smoke & Mirrors: How Reagan Won & Why Carter Lost the Election of 1980. 1981. Detailed journalism.
  • Greenstein Fred I. ed. The Reagan Presidency: An Early Assessment 1983, essays by political scientists
  • Hayward, Steven F. The Age of Reagan, 1964-1980: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order (2001) vol 1; The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980-1989 (2009) vol 2; the most comprehensive coverage of the era from a Reaganite perspective
  • Johnson, Haynes. Sleepwalking through History: America in the Reagan Years (1991); hostile
  • Jones, Charles O. ed. The Reagan Legacy: Promise and Performance (1988) essays by political scientists
  • Levy, Peter B. Encyclopedia of the Reagan-Bush Years (1996), short articles online edition
  • Patterson, James T. Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush vs. Gore. (2005), standard scholarly synthesis.
  • Salamon Lester M., and Michael S. Lund. eds. The Reagan Presidency and the Governing of America 1985. articles by political scientists
  • Schmertz, Eric J. et al. eds. Ronald Reagan's America 2 Volumes (1997) articles by scholars and officeholders vol 1 online vol 2 online
  • Weatherford, M. Stephen and Mcdonnell, Lorraine M. "Ronald Reagan as Legislative Advocate: Passing the Reagan Revolution's Budgets in 1981 and 1982." Congress & the Presidency(1): 1-29. Fulltext in Ebsco; Argues RR ignored the details but played a guiding role in setting major policies and adjudicating significant trade-offs, and in securing Congressional approval.

Foreign affairs

  • Aldous, Richard. Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship (2012), on relations with Britain
  • Arnson, Cynthia J. Crossroads: Congress, the Reagan Administration, and Central America Pantheon, 1989.
  • Avner, Yehuda, The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership (The Toby Press, 2010). ISBN 978-1-59264-278-6
  • Busch, Andrew E.; "Ronald Reagan and the Defeat of the Soviet Empire" in Presidential Studies Quarterly. Vol: 27. Issue: 3. 1997. pp 451+.
  • Dobson, Alan P. "The Reagan Administration, Economic Warfare, and Starting to Close down the Cold War." Diplomatic History(3): 531-556. online. Argues Reagan's public rhetoric against the USSR was harsh and uncompromising, giving rise to the idea that his administration sought to employ a US defense buildup and NATO economic sanctions to bring about the collapse of the USSR. Yet many statements by Reagan and Shultz suggest they desired negotiation with the Soviets from a position of American strength, not the eventual demise of the USSR.
  • Dujmovic, Nicholas. "Reagan, Intelligence, Casey, and the CIA: A Reappraisal," International Journal of Intelligence & Counterintelligence (2013) 26#1 pp 1–30.
  • Draper, Theodore. A Very Thin Line: The Iran-Contra Affair (1991)
  • Fitzgerald, Frances. Way Out There in the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War. political history of S.D.I. (2000). ISBN.
  • Ford, Christopher A. and Rosenberg, David A. "The Naval Intelligence Underpinnings of Reagan's Maritime Strategy." Journal of Strategic Studies(2): 379-409. Fulltext in Ingenta and Ebsco; Reagan's maritime strategy sought to apply US naval might against Soviet vulnerabilities on its maritime flanks. It was supported by a major buildup of US naval forces and aggressive exercising in seas proximate to the USSR; it explicitly targeted Moscow's strategic missile submarines with the aim of pressuring the Kremlin during crises or the early phases of global war. The maritime strategy represents one of the rare instances in history when intelligence helped lead a nation to completely revise its concept of military operations.
  • Haftendorn, Helga and Jakob Schissler, eds. The Reagan Administration: A Reconstruction of American Strength? Berlin: Walter de Guyer, 1988. by European scholars
  • Jeffrey W. Knopf, "Did Reagan Win the Cold War?" Strategic Insights, Volume III, Issue 8 (August 2004)
  • Kyvig, David. ed. Reagan and the World (1990), scholarly essays on foreign policy
  • Mann, James. The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War (Penguin, 2010)
  • Pach, Chester. "The Reagan Doctrine: Principle, Pragmatism, and Policy." Presidential Studies Quarterly(1): 75-88. Fulltext in SwetsWise and Ingenta; Reagan declared in 1985 that the U.S. should not "break faith" with anti-Communist resistance groups. However, his policies varied as differences in local conditions and US security interests produced divergent policies toward "freedom fighters" in Afghanistan, Nicaragua, Mozambique, Angola, and Cambodia.
  • Ratnesar, Romesh. "Tear Down This Wall: A City, a President, and the Speech that Ended the Cold War" (2009)
  • Salla; Michael E. and Ralph Summy, eds. Why the Cold War Ended: A Range of Interpretations Greenwood Press. 1995.
  • Schmertz, Eric J. et al. eds. Ronald Reagan and the World (1997) articles by scholars and officeholders online edition
  • Shultz, George P. Turmoil and Triumph My Years As Secretary of State 1993)
  • Schweizer, Peter. Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism (2002)
  • Velasco, Jesús. Neoconservatives in U.S. Foreign Policy under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush: Voices behind the Throne (Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2010)
  • Wallison, Peter J. Ronald Reagan: The Power of Conviction and the Success of His Presidency. Westview Press, 2003. 282 pp.
  • Wills, David C. The First War on Terrorism: Counter-Terrorism Policy during the Reagan Administration. 2004.
  • Wilson, James Graham. "How Grand Was Reagan's Strategy, 1976-1984?" in Diplomacy and Statecraft. Vol: 18. Issue: 4. 2007. 773-803.

Governor of California

  • Anderson, Totton J. and Eugene C. Lee. "The 1966 Election in California," Western Political Quarterly (1967) 20#2 pp. 535-554 in JSTOR
  • Cannon, Lou. Governor Reagan: His rise to power(PublicAffairs, 2005)
  • De Groot, Gerard J. "‘A Goddamned Electable Person’: The 1966 California Gubernatorial Campaign of Ronald Reagan." History 82#267 (1997) pp: 429-448.
  • Hamilton, Gary G., and Nicole Woolsey Biggart. Governor Reagan, Governor Brown: A sociology of executive power (Columbia University Press, 1984)
  • Holden, Kenneth. Making of the Great Communicator: Ronald Reagan's Transformation From Actor To Governor (2013)
  • Putnam, Jackson K. "Governor Reagan: A Reappraisal." California History (2006): 24-45. in JSTOR
  • Reeves, Michelle. "Obey the Rules or Get Out": Ronald Reagan's 1966 Gubernatorial Campaign and the 'Trouble in Berkeley'." Southern California Quarterly (2010): 275-305. in JSTOR
  • Schuparra, Kurt. Triumph of the Right: The Rise of the California Conservative Movement, 1945-1966 (ME Sharpe, 1998)

Rhetoric, media and values

  • Aden, R. C. "Entrapment and Escape: Inventional Metaphors in Ronald Reagan's Economic Rhetoric." Southern Communication Journal 54 (1989): 384-401
  • Bates, Toby Glenn. The Reagan Rhetoric: History and Memory in 1980s America (2011)
  • Cunningham, Sean P. Cowboy Conservatism: Texas and the Rise of the Modern Right (2010)
  • Dallek, Robert. Ronald Reagan: The Politics of Symbolism. (1999)
  • Denton Jr., Robert E. Primetime Presidency of Ronald Reagan: The Era of the Television Presidency (1988)
  • FitzWater, Marlin . Call the Briefing! Bush and Reagan, Sam and Helen, a Decade with Presidents and the Press. 1995. Memoir by Reagan's press spokesman.
  • Goodnight, G. Thomas. "Ronald Reagan's Re-formulation of the Rhetoric of War: Analysis of the 'Zero Option,' 'Evil Empire,' and 'Star Wars' Addresses." Quarterly Journal of Speech 72 (1986): 390-414.
  • Greffenius, Steven. The Last Jeffersonian: Ronald Reagan's Dreams of America. June, July, & August Books. 2002.
  • Hertsgaard Mark. On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency 1988. criticizes the press
  • Houck, Davis, and Amos Kiewe, eds. Actor, Ideologue, Politician: The Public Speeches of Ronald Reagan (Greenwood Press, 1993)
  • Lewis, William F. "Telling America's Story: Narrative Form and the Reagan Presidency", Quarterly Journal of Speech): 280–302
  • Jones, John M. "'Until Next Week': The Saturday Radio Addresses of Ronald Reagan" Presidential Studies Quarterly. Volume: 32. Issue: 1. 2002. pp 84+.
  • Kengor, Paul. God and Ronald Reagan: A Spiritual Life Regan Books, 2004. ISBN.
  • Kiewe, Amos, and Davis W. Houck. A Shining City on a Hill: Ronald Reagan's Economic Rhetoric, 1951-1989. 1991.
  • Meyer, John C. "Ronald Reagan and Humor: A Politician's Velvet Weapon", Communication Studies 41 (1990): 76-88.
  • Moore, Mark P. "Reagan's Quest for Freedom in the 1987 State of the Union Address." Western Journal of Communication 53 (1989): 52-65.
  • Muir, William Ker. The Bully Pulpit: The Presidential Leadership of Ronald Reagan (1992), examines his speeches
  • Noonan, Peggy. When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan (2001) memoir by a Reagan speechwriter
  • Ritter, Kurt W. Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator. Greenwood, 1992.
  • Shogan, Colleen J. "Coolidge and Reagan: The Rhetorical Influence of Silent Cal on the Great Communicator", Rhetoric & Public Affairs 9.2 online at Project Muse; argues that Coolidge and Reagan shared a common ideological message, which served as the basis for modern conservatism. Even without engaging in explicitly partisan rhetoric, Reagan's principled speech served an important party-building function.
  • Stahl, Lesley. "Reporting Live" (1999) memoir by TV news reporter
  • Strock, James M. Reagan on Leadership (2011, Reagan Centennial Edition, foreword by Tom Peters), examines Reagan's leadership, management, and communications practices.
  • Stuckey, Mary. Getting Into the Game: The Pre-Presidential Rhetoric of Ronald Reagan. Praeger, 1989
  • Stuckey, Mary. Playing the Game: The Presidential Rhetoric of Ronald Reagan. Praeger, 1990.
  • Thomas, Tony. The Films of Ronald Reagan (1980)
  • Troy, Gil. Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s (2004). Study of Reagan's image.
  • Vaughn, Stephen. Ronald Reagan in Hollywood: Movies and Politics.Cambridge U. Press, 1994.
  • Wills, Garry. Reagan's America: Innocents at Home. (1987)
  • Golway, Terry. Ronald Reagan's America with CD: His Voice, His Dreams, and His Vision of Tomorrow.Sourcebooks, 2008. ISBN 978-1-4022-1258-1

Historiography and memory

  • Brookhiser, Richard. "Reagan: His Place in History," American Heritage (2004) 55#4 pp 34–39. online
  • Ehrman, John. "The Age of Reagan? Three Questions for Future Research," Journal of the Historical Society (2011) 11#1 pp 111–131.
  • Johns, Andrew L., ed. A Companion to Ronald Reagan (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). xiv, 682 pp. Topical essays by scholars
  • White, John Kenneth. "How Should Political Science Judge Ronald Reagan?" Polity (1990) 22#4 pp 701–715.

Primary sources

  • Reagan, Ronald. Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation (1983)
  • Reagan, Nancy. My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan (1989)
  • Reagan, Nancy. I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan (2000)
  • Reagan, Ronald. Where's the Rest of Me? (1965)
  • Reagan, Ronald. An American Life: The Autobiography (1990)
  • Reagan, Ronald. Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan That Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America (2001)
  • Reagan, Ronald. Reagan: A Life in Letters (2003)
  • Reagan, Ronald. The Reagan Diaries, edited by Douglas Brinkley, HarperCollins (2007)
  • Reagan, Ronald. The Notes: Ronald Reagan's Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom (2011)

By aides

  • Anderson, Martin. Revolution: The Reagan Legacy (1990), by a top aide.
  • Avner, Yehuda. The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership (2010), by a top Israeli advisor and speechwriter. ISBN 978-1-59264-278-6
  • Deaver, Michael and Mickey Herskowitz. Behind the Scenes. (1987), by a top aide.
  • Deaver, Michael. A Different Drummer: My Thirty Years with Ronald Reagan (2001), by a top aid (with a foreword by Nancy Reagan).
  • Gergen, David. Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership. (2000), by speechwriter.
  • Haig, Alexander. Inner Circles: How America Changed the World (1994), by Reagan's first Secretary of State
  • Regan, Donald. For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington (1988), by the Secretary of the Treasury (1981-1985), and Chief of Staff (1985-1987), who is seen as a fall guy for the Administration in the Iran-Contra affair.
  • Shultz, George P. Turmoil and Triumph My Years As Secretary of State (1993), by the second Secretary of State
  • Weinberger, Caspar. In the Arena: A Memoir of the 20th Century (1991), by the Secretary of Defense

Library directory

  • Works by or about Ronald Reagan bibliography in libraries (WorldCat catalog)

External links

  • , May 12, 1991.President Reagan: A Role of a Lifetime interview with Lou Cannon on BooknotesPart One of
    • Part Two of interview with Cannon, May 19, 1991
  • , December 5, 1999.Dutch interview with Edmund Morris on Booknotes
  • , April 29, 2001.Reagan In His Own Hand interview with Kiron Skinner on Booknotes
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