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This update features nine new biographies of figures involved in American government and politics. Highlights include First Lady Nancy Reagan; conservative justice Robert Bork; Secretary of State Warren Christopher; and two major figures from the Social Security Administration: the statistician Mollie Orshansky, who developed the threshold of poverty, and Bob Ball, a longtime SSA official who served as the commissioner of Social Security from 1962 to 1973.
Nancy Reagan (1921–2016) was First Lady of the United States from 1981-1989, the years her husband Ronald Reagan was in office. She is perhaps best known for the “Just Say No” campaign she initiated in 1982 to combat drug use. An astute politician in her own right, Nancy Reagan influenced her husband’s policies and personnel decisions and emerged as a defender of his image and historical legacy.