Andrew Helfer, with art by Steve Buccellato and Joe Staton, Ronald Reagan: A Graphic Biography (Hill and Wang, 2007). [Amazon]
[Actually written 21-Feb-2008] I've had the stomach bug for a few days, and when I'm sick and don't have to type and look at the monitor, I read books. So near the top of my list was this graphic novel treatment of the biography of Ronald Reagan. I'm not sure now if this was the best reading during an illness, but there you are. I've read rather many biographies and autobiographies: And here's the appropriate reacton to a great biography or autobiography (you need one of these about every two or three pages): "Wow, that's crazy." With a Reagan biography, you get one of these on every page, so it's high value. About the only thing I can compare to it for sheer thrills is Nixon's autobiography (RMN: Read it).
So here are my top five crazinesses from the biography:
In any case, it was an interesting bio to read in this form; because of his time in the movies, there are great visuals to carry the reader through the early parts of the story. Then at the end you have salutary opportunities for visual caricature (Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, etc., etc.).
Recommended, it you have the stomach for it.comments powered by Disqus