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Historians continue to debate the legacy of the two-term presidency of Ronald Reagan, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. The only thing almost everyone agrees on is that Reagan lived a remarkable life. He moved with apparent ease from a small-town boyhood in the Midwest to stardom in Hollywood to the nation's chief executive. The strength and optimism he projected as president, tempered by his enormous good humor, made him a popular leader. Despite his smiling, affable demeanor, he was a complex loner who kept even his closest advisers at arm's length.
The Making of a President
A behind-the-scenes look at Reagan's years in the movies and his political rise
Inside the White House
Top aides recall defining moments of the Reagan presidency
'The Great Communicator'
Reagan's words lit up the world stage
A Life in Photographs
From movie star to leader of the free world
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