Focus Point - Summer ReadingCommentary by Pete du Pont
July 11, 2001
I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis. Today, some summer reading tips.
Topping my list is a book I mentioned a few weeks ago, David McCullough's splendid new biography of our unjustly overlooked second president, John Adams.
Then there's David M. Kennedy's "Freedom From Fear" shows how Franklin Roosevelt offered a vision of a secure America and created a governmental mindset that lasted until Ronald Reagan. It makes a nice companion to "The Black Book of Communism," and "Stalin's Letters to Molotov," which recount the dismal catastrophe of Soviet rule, from the early government-engineered famines to the terror of the late '30s.
For fiction, there's "Two O'clock Eastern War Time," a John Dunning thriller about German spies and a New Jersey radio station in 1942. And regarding radio, Ronald Reagan did 1,000 radio addresses between 1975 and 1979, most of which he wrote himself. They're collected in "Reagan in His Own Hand," and their depth of thought and clarity of vision will sink forever the idea that Reagan was just a Hollywood actor.
Those are my ideas, and at the NCPA we know ideas can change the world. I'm Pete du Pont. Next time, baseball in Brooklyn.