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As an adult, Ronald Reagan was asked his favorite book as a child growing up in Dixon, Illinois, in the 1920s. He said the book that "made a lasting impression on me at about the age of 11 or 12, mainly because of the goodness of the principal character," was one "I'm sure you never heard of."5 The book was That Printer of Udell's: A Story of the Middle West, written by Harold Bell Wright in 1903

Ronald Reagen's favorite books:

Books and Reading in the Lives of Notable Americans: A Biographical Sourcebook by John A. McCrossan

Ronald Reagen Who?
"I'm a sucker for hero worship" Ronald Reagan wrote. He especially liked books in which the hero succeeded while living by "standards of morality and fair play" ( Cannon, 18). Some of his favorite writers are Mark Twain, Sinclair Lewis, Pearl Buck, Damon Runyon, H. G. Wells, and other classic American and British authors. On a lighter side, he especially likes Westerns, stories of the heroes of the old American West.

Ronald Reagan was born on February 11, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois, in a bedroom of a five-room flat above the store where his father worked. He attended local public schools and graduated from Eureka college.

He worked as a radio sports announcer for several years and made his film debut in 1937 in a movie entitled Love Is in the Air. He generally appeared in forgettable "B" movies, but he received critical acclaim for his performances in Knute Rockne and King's Row.

Reagan entered politics in middle age when he was elected governor of California. He twice ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for president of the United States. Then in 1979 he received the nomination and went on to win the election becoming the fortieth president. He was reelected for a second term four years later.


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