Much has been written about our 40th president. Many are hagiographies, many are hit pieces. But few are as even handed as this latest biography by the great H.W. Brands of the University of Texas at Austin. Milt and professor brands speak in depth on Reagan’s boyhood life, particularly the psychological wounds Reagan took from having an alcoholic father, to the revelation that, despite the warm exterior, Reagan could be rather cold and withdrawn. And, of course, no talk on Reagan would be complete without studying his great oratory skills and humor. Brands’ latest is ‘Reagan: The Life‘.