Why Reagan Succeeded

Ronald Reagan was the best president in our lifetime. This is no empty boast: Last year, Gallup asked Americans whom they consider the greatest president. Ronald Reagan came in first, followed by Abraham Lincoln — the same result as two years earlier. In the words of Dame Margaret Thatcher, “Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot.” In addition, he put the economy on its longest peacetime expansion in U.S. history and restored America’s faith in itself.

How did Ronald Reagan do all this? What were the characteristics of the man that led to such success? There were several, they were inter-woven, and all were important.

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