Zoë Heller

  • Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan by Edmund Morris
    HarperCollins, 874 pp, £24.99, October 1999, ISBN 0 00 217709 9

Fourteen years ago, Edmund Morris won the job of writing the official Reagan biography. With the job came all kinds of unprecedented access. Morris was allowed to attend senior staff meetings at the White House and to travel as part of the Presidential entourage on foreign trips. He had permission to examine the President’s conscientiously kept handwritten diary and, most promisingly, he was granted a monthly private interview with his subject.

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