Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan

Dutch: A Memoir Of Ronald Reagan

Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan

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Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan a 1999 biography with fictional elements by Edmund Morris, a Kenyan-born writer now living in the United States, about Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. There is much controversy about the book, cited by the Amazon.com editorial staff as "one of the most unusual and critically scrutinized biographies ever written." Some debate if Dutch should even be referred to as a biography at all. It was published by Random House and edited by executive editor Robert Loomis.

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After the unprecedented success of his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Morris was given the greenlight by the administration to write the first authorized biography of a sitting president, granting him behind-the-scenes access never before given to a writer at The White House. Apparently, these privileges were of little use; Morris claimed to learn little from their conversations or even from the President's own private diary.

Morris eventually decided to scrap writing a straight biography and turn his piece into a faux historical memoir about the President told from the viewpoint of a semi-fictional peer from the same town as Ronald Reagan: Edmund Morris himself. The person comes from the same town as, continually encounters and later keeps track of Reagan. The first time the fictional narrator sees him is at a 1926 football game in......
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