When character was king: a story of Ronald Reagan

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Random House Large Print, Nov 20, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 561 pages
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From the bestselling author of What I Saw at the Revolution comes an elegiac tribute to one of America's most beloved leaders.

It is twenty years—a full generation—since Ronald Reagan first walked into the White House and ignited a revolution. From the beginning, he enjoyed the American people's affection but now, as he approaches the end of his life, he has received what he deserved even more: their deep respect.

What was the wellspring of his greatness? Peggy Noonan, bestselling author of the classic Reagan-era memoir What I Saw at the Revolution, former speechwriter, and now a columnist and contributing editor for The Wall Street Journal, argues that the secret of Reagan's success was no secret at all. It was his character—his courage, his kindness, his persistence, his honesty, and his almost heroic patience in the face of setbacks—that was the most important element of his success.

The one thing a man must bring into the White House with him if he is to succeed, Noonan contends, is a character that people come to recognize as high, sturdy, and reliable.

Noonan, renowned for her special insight into Ronald Reagan's history and personality, brings her own reflections to Reagan to bear in When Character Was King and discloses never-before-told stories from the former president's family, friends, and White House colleagues to reveal the true nature of a man even his opponents now view as a maker of big history.

Marked by incisive wit and elegant prose, When Character Was King will enlighten and move readers.

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I don't know how this gets classified as psychology. We might as well add Jeeves stories at the same time. About the book: this is written by someone on the inside of the latter part of his administration. It reads a bit too informally for my liking--almost as if she's getting paid by the word and isn't too concerned about how information-dense her writing is. But it's not long, and by the end the style kind of grows on you. It's a little like reading a biography written by the guy's daughter. I found it very interesting--I felt like someone with amnesia being told about their former life. It was so strange to know I was alive for the things that were going on but not remember any of it. 

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User Review  - Jessie Gussman - Goodreads

An inspiring book about a man of integrity who did what he thought was right and always tried to tell the truth. And had an amazing sense of humor--the chapter on his shooting had me in stitches and ... Read full review

Contents

I Remember You
1
All Presidents Come from Something
27
Movie Star
51
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

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.