http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/04/AR2011020403106.html Five myths about Ronald Reagan By Edmund Morris Friday, February 4, 2011; 5:00 PM It has been argued that Ronald Reagan was a myth himself, a construct of his own and other people's imaginings, rather than an extraordinary American about whom some untruths are told. The sentimental colossus his acolytes are trying to erect today, with gilded pecs, red-painted smile and an NRA-approved pistol in each manly fist, bears no resemblance to the man I knew: in private a person of no ego and little charisma, in public a statesman of formidable purpose. 1. He was a bad actor. 2. He was but a movie-set soldier in World War II. 3. He was warm-hearted. 4. He was only a campaign Christian. 5. He was an "amiable dunce."