What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era

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Random House Publishing Group, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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On the hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth comes the twentieth-anniversary edition of Peggy Noonan’s critically acclaimed bestseller What I Saw at the Revolution, for which she provides a new Preface that demonstrates this book’s timeless relevance. As a special assistant to the president, Noonan worked with Ronald Reagan—and with Vice President George H. W. Bush—on some of their most memorable speeches. Noonan shows us the world behind the words, and her sharp, vivid portraits of President Reagan and a host of Washington’s movers and shakers are rendered in inimitable, witty prose. Her priceless account of what it was like to be a speechwriter among bureaucrats, and a woman in the last bastion of male power, makes this a Washington memoir that breaks the mold—as spirited, sensitive, and thoughtful as Peggy Noonan herself.
  

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You know, Peggy Noonan is a pretty good writer. - Goodreads
But then, I'm unabashedly pro-writer. - Goodreads
I have a total writer crush on Peggy Noonan. - Goodreads
And finally, she's a tremendously gifted writer. - Goodreads

Review: What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era

User Review  - James Ryssman - Goodreads

Noonan writes with an overelaborate prose that exhibits both the "WASP'iness" and over elaborate prose. Her fawning over Reagan can at best be described as adolescent and at worse embarassing. Read full review

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User Review  - Nooilforpacifists - Goodreads

The woman can write. And she's carrying a torch for Reagan. This book, however, was (I believe) her first, and covers her service at the end of the Reagan years and through the GHW Bush years. Just about anything memorable Bush 41 said, Peggy wrote. Read full review

Contents

Am Often Booed Because of Who My Friends
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2
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The Presidents House ls Many Mansions
41
First Saw Him as a Foot
49
Speech Speech
68
Am a Camera
93
Knee Deep in the Hoopla
120
c New Terms
186
Leaving
280
A Thousand Points of Light
317
Hyclroplaning 19 Hail and Farewell
325
Epilogue
338
Another Epilogue
341
Index
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ix xix 3 17
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1o lcorgc Raft 11 Ich Bin ein Pain in the il3l
215
Thats Not off ll_ Disk 13 Challenger
252
Come Walk with lle 15 Summits
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About the author (2003)

Peggy Noonan was a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986; in 1988, she was chief speechwriter to Vice President George Bush during his campaign for presidency; in 1989, she left Washington, D.C., for her native New York, where she completed her first book, the bestselling What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Years. Since that time, her articles and essays have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, and many other publications. She is also author of The Case Against Hillary Clinton, a #1 New York Times bestseller. Currently, she is a columnist and contributing editor at The Wall Street Journal and a political contributor for Fox News. She lives in New York City.

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