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‘A boxer in a corner’: Eugene Jarecki’s ‘Reagan’

President Ronald Reagan would have been 100 years old this Sunday. His centennial will be celebrated by a year-long series of events, beginning at the Reagan Library in California. The occasion will also be marked by a new documentary, called “Reagan,” which will debut on HBO Monday night, February 7. Its director is Eugene Jarecki, who also directed the documentary “Why We Fight,” and is the author of “The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril.”

“I think Reagan is many things,” Jarecki tells Jon Meacham. “And the thing you can never say about Reagan is, ‘Well, this is what he was.’ ‘Cause as soon as you say that, it’s like whack-a-mole. He’s over here, and he turns out to be something totally different. So people who want to say that Reagan is a puppet of anyone absolutely would miss the boat on how incredibly smart, driven and really how much he was the engineer of his extraordinary life.”

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  • Becky

    Sometimes I watch PBS shows ready to look beyond a “liberal leaning” bias in news and information reports. I was pleasantly surprised at the Jarecki’s piece. He presented a well-rounded review of President Regan. His research was showing.

  • Edie

    Read steve stiffler’s article in , Jan15, on Why Jared Loghan”s political views matter.There is a big difference between extremes on the left and right and all the moderate Democrats in the moderate to progressive range that are not dangerous or radical. It is Democrats still being targeted for violence by the right and not the other way around.

  • jan

    Strange as it may sound, the only times I ever think of Reagan is when republicans talk about him. My memories of the effects of Reagan’s policies on my family are bad and I am more than happy to forget him and his presidency.

  • StewartIII

    NewsBusters| PBS’s Meacham: Why ‘Lionize’ Reagan Who ‘Treated the Poor Poorly’ & ‘Committed Nearly Impeachable Offenses’?

  • Tom Sheehy

    He was a great President. Perhaps the greatest. Certainly of modern times. It is chilling to see left wing zealots pervert history.

  • Tom Sheehy

    Try reading the Daily Cos.

  • Tom Sheehy

    Your family must have lived in the Soviet Union