Whether the former Presidnet wrote most of these speeches or not may be beside the point (Reagan does have the reputation of being the most ghosted of Presidents, even down to allegedly scripted banter that his aides wrote for him to use when greeting old pals in the Oval Office); what matters is that it's his name on the book, and the many who like and admire him will be pleased to find that his warm, common-sensical personality shines through the 55 speeches--plus assorted, isolated quotations--reprinted here. Reagan's foreword sets the friendly tone, envisioning someone coming across the book in ""a couple hundred years,"" when ""these pages will be dry and crumbly--not to mention me, who will be long gone and buried."" The speeches that follow, starting with ""Remarks at Kiwanis International Convention,"" June 1951, and working through the Presidential years until the ""Farewell Address to the Nation,"" given on January 11, 1989, offer not only the warmth of Reagan but also an oral history of the conservative agenda of his era--anti-abortionism, SDI, the reworking of the economy, etc. Perhaps of particular interest are the more spontaneous speeches recorded here. Reagan has annotated each speech and the the book will include 70 photographs, along with facsimiles of the former President's own notes.