During this week, we've all been bombarded with reflections of President Reagan. Not surprisingly, most of the remembrances have been fond ones. Watching the footage I’ve been struck by how plain spoken his speeches were. If you’re interested in a written portrait of Reagan that is easy to get through at just 260 pages you should check out the excellent book Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader by Dinesh D’Souza published in 1997. I read it back in 2000 and cracked it open again this week.
D'Souza is a conservative and author of the book The End of Racism published in 1995, which I would also recommend. He was a member of the administration in Reagan’s second term. From his first negative perception of how the White House was run he gradually grew in respect for Reagan and offers an analysis of Reagan’s leadership style and the important events of this presidency.
In short, D’Souza concludes that Reagan had the three essential characteristics of a leader.
As I watch the funeral ceremony today I’m proud that Reagan was our president and hope that history’s verdict is that Reagan was a true leader in a time where a leader was required.