As a leader, he changed the course of history. As a man, he was surrounded by myth and intrigue. A new portrait of a legendary President emerges in...
New HISTORY(R) special premieres Wednesday, February 9 at 9 pm ET
Featuring interviews with Sam Donaldson, George Schultz,
Colin Powell, David Gergen, and others
New York, January 13, 2011 - His popularity and his politics may have been straightforward, but presidential scholars and historians have yet to define exactly what made our 40th President "bigger then life." In REAGAN, a two-hour special premiering on Wednesday, February 9 at 9 pm ET, HISTORY brings insight to Ronald Reagan's ascent from an impoverished childhood to the nation's highest office.
REAGAN looks at the trajectory of Reagan's 93-years - from his nomadic youth in the mid-west, his Hollywood career, his election as Governor of California and ultimately as Commander-in-Chief, and finally, his gracious journey into the sunset of his life.
But more than just a documentary of Reagan's public life, the special explores the makings of a man who was both admired as a hero, and criticized. Yet whatever one thought about his policies, his resiliency communicated hope and strength to a divided America. "When a guy gets up and takes a bullet and walks away with a smile," says David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst and former Director of Communications for Reagan, "people just think differently about him."
Rare archival footage, audio and photos help to shed new light on Reagan's enigmatic character, as do interviews with those who knew him. Along with Gergen, they include former White House correspondent Sam Donaldson, former Secretaries of State George Shultz and Gen. Colin Powell, and CBS news correspondent Bob Schieffer, among others. Also weighing in is Secret Service agent Jerry Parr, who was with Reagan at the time of the attempted assassination, recounting the harrowing ordeal and the decision Parr made which saved the President's life.
REAGAN is produced for HISTORY by Boom Pictures. Executive producer for HISTORY is Russ McCarroll. Executive producer for Boom Pictures is Matt Ginsburg.
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