New Biography Explores Ronald Reagan’s Mental State

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Retired college professor Lawrence Nesbitt mines historical evidence to analyze Reagan

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As Republican primaries lead up to the presidential election this November, the name Ronald Reagan is surely going to come up many times. Republicans – and even some
Democrats – look to Reagan as a historic example of how the United States can reverse its economic misfortunes. Taking a much different point of view of Reagan than other biographers, Lawrence Nesbitt delivers his new book, “What Reagan Couldn’t Tell Us” (published by iUniverse), a meticulous assessment of the former president’s psychological state of mind.

In researching Ronald Reagan’s life, Nesbitt uncovered a common thread in the materials he sifted through. As he explains, biographers, journalists and former Reagan associates see many anomalies and contradictions in his nature and confess complete befuddlement as to how his mind seemed to work. “What Reagan Couldn’t Tell Us” is Nesbitt’s explanation of the simple psychological key to understanding Reagan’s mind and actions. He peers into his entire life, exploring the “…controlling role his mindset played in his youth, his Hollywood career, his years as governor and as president.

“The predominant theme of my book contradicts virtually all other Reagan biographies (making it highly controversial),” explains Nesbitt. “Other writers agree that he was the most amiable and honorable of men, but intellectually impossible to understand. My book refutes that mental inexplicability.”

A detailed examination of Reagan’s psychological state throughout his life, “What Reagan Couldn’t Tell Us” presents an array of sources and historical support. It is a revealing study which Nesbitt hopes will illuminate the discussions of this significant president and give readers what Nesbitt calls “…a more accurate understanding of our 40th president.”

About the Author
Lawrence Nesbitt earned his degrees at Tennessee University. After college he spent three decades teaching psychology at Blayton College in Atlanta, and was published in such periodicals as Psychology Today. A psychological counselor until 2005, he has since retired to travel, write and play tennis.

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