The Reagans: Portrait of a Marriage

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Macmillan, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 420 pages
The Reagans is a penetrating portrayal of one of the most powerful couples of the twentieth century. Distinguished biographer Anne Edwards paints the first in-depth, intimate portrait of the man who became our fortieth president and the woman without whom he might never have reached such heights.
It was a dramatic love story from the start: Nancy was always first in Reagan's thoughts and he was paramount in Nancy's actions. But this obsessional love had a darker side for the four Reagan children. Anne Edwards brings the Reagans' dysfunctional family life into sharp focus, along with a fascinating array of supporting players such as Reagan's evangelistic mother, Nelle, Frank Sinatra, and Gerald Ford.
Few first ladies had as much power as Nancy Reagan, and few were so widely disliked. Anne Edwards shows a side of her never before revealed---from Nancy's ardent defense of Reagan's interests with both opponents and supporters, to the most difficult battle yet, the struggle to maintain her husband's dignity through his descent into Alzheimer's disease.
The Reagans is an original and mesmerizing look at one of America's most important presidential marriages.
 

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A tactfully revealing profile from a biographical master.One thing is evident from the outset: Edwards (Ever After, 2000, etc.) is a pro at the biography game—without agenda or axe to grind, she ... Read full review

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"They are absolutely a team. You do not get one without the other-ever," said Maureen Reagan, late daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Edwards (Early Reagan: The Rise to Power) here offers an ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
1
All She Ever Wanted
23
A Home of Their Own
36
Corporate Wife
49
Love You Nancy
66
On the Campaign Trail
84
The Governors Lady
102
The Years Between
121
Aftermath
220
Just Say No
238
A Death in the Family
255
The Power and the Glitter
272
Facing the Demons
294
The Best of Times and the Worst of Times
313
A Graceful Exit
330
Life Continues Memory Fades
345

On the Steps of the White House
140
Marching into History
159
Oh God It s Happening Again
199
Acknowledgements
361
Bibliography
407
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Anne Edwards's biographies include Vivien Leigh: A Biography, the New York Times bestseller that has become a classic in the field. Other acclaimed titles include Early Reagan: The Rise to Power; Matriarch: Queen Mary and the House of Windsor; and Katharine Hepburn: A Biography. Anne Edwards is a former president of the Authors Guild and a sought-after speaker. Currently, she and her husband, musical theater historian Stephen Citron, live in Beverly Hills, California.

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