Slipping the Surly Bonds: Reagan’s Challenger Address
Millions of Americans, including hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren, watched in horror as the Challenger shuttle capsule exploded on live television on January 28, 1986. Coupled with that awful image in Americans’ memory is the face of President Ronald Reagan addressing the public hours later with words that spoke to the nation’s shock and mourning. Focusing on the text of Reagan’s speech, author Mary Stuckey shows how President Reagan’s reputation as “the Great Communicator” adds significance to our understanding of his rhetoric on one of the most momentous occasions of his administration.
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Brillant! The only author to have cajones to write about this difficult speech. This book is a marvel. 110 pages of analysis for a two minute speech is amazing. I am crying as I write this due to the wonder of this book. I only wish I could talk to the author myself.