Only flaw with this book is the title, as the volume isn t a macro look at the Reagan Administration but rather a detailed but never tedious history of the Iran Contra affair If you re like me you will think the most striking aspect of the whole scandal was how the Iranians played American amateurs like Oliver North and Bud McFarlane, delivering time and again far less than promised for the plane loads of weaponry delivered to Iran.
An excellent work of investigative reporting that demonstrates the utter bizarreness of the Reagan White House and how it functioned Or didn t The spirit and reality of those years is best illustrated by this one detail about the weapons for hostages deal with Iran the hostage the White House was most anxious to bring home for Beirut CIA station chief William Buckley had been dead for three months at the time the deal was concluded.
Jane Mayer is a good writer and this book proves it She writes about Ronald Reagan s 2nd term in Office She brings out vividly the struggles in the White House for the ear of RR and how his impassive and laissez faire approach gave everyone the opportunity to to try and influence his decisiond What l thoroughly found interesting was how his Chief of Staff Donald Regan tried to have and give direct access to the president through him, by throwing his weight around It ultimately cost him his job as his attitude came at loggerheads with Mrs Reagan FLOTUS Jane Mayer is a brilliant investigative journalist and writer One of my favorite authors.
It s a fascinating read and sections detailing the CIA and the NSC s manipulation of Reagan s Cabinet and the US Congress, and their brazen disregard for the Constitution are vividly told.
For Six Years Ronald Reagan Seemed Invincible Then Came The Iran Contra Scandal, And His Once Charmed Presidency Began Coming Apart This Explosive Book Provides The First Authoritative Account Of Reagan S Second Term White House A Book That Is Both A Gripping Narrative And A Carefully Documented InvestigationPage Photo Insert