Another curious find at the Porterville Friends of the Library “Dusty Book” sale: This mass paperback autobiography (“as told to Richard G. Hubler”) . Published in 1965, probably at the beginning of his campaign to become Governor of California, this looks to be nothing short of propaganda and marketing.
Probably not meant to be read too closely – the writing actually appears pretty dense (as in packed on the page, come on, be nice!), I think this was supposed to introduce Reagan to the public as a whole and give his image some “heft” after being best known as an actor.
Apparently it worked. I haven’t read this yet, but I will definitely add it to the pile of fist hand documents related to the fundamental principles of our country. Now that we know “the rest of the story”, it will be interesting to see how much of it turned out to be foreshadowed in this book.
A few quotes from the back cover:
On Name Calling from the Political Left and Right:
I suggest to you there is no left or right, only an up or down. Up to the maximum of individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.
On Federal Welfare Spending:
If this present welfare spending was prorated equally among these (9.3 million) families, we could give each family more than $4,000 per year. Actually, direct aid to the poor averages less than $600 per family. There must be some administrative overhead somewhere.
On the Fear of Speaking Out:
If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile, hoping he’ll eat you last.
Like the man and the results or not, those 3 lines are each marketing gold. I expect nothing less from every page of this book. Priced at 75 cents new in 1965, with slightly yellowed pages and a cover with minor damage, 25 cents made it mine.