The Secret History of Ronald Reagan’s Letters

Ronald Reagan began laying the
groundwork for his 1980 presidential run almost immediately after his defeat in
his campaign for the 1976 Republican nomination. The work consisted primarily
of hundreds of speeches in hotel ballrooms across the country. The most
important addressed high-minded fora like the Foreign Policy Association in New
York and the Public Affairs Council in Washington, D.C., from texts carefully
worked over by many hands in order to present the former governor as a dignified
statesman in the broad center of respectable opinion.  

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