When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan

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Penguin, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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No one has ever captured Ronald Reagan like Peggy Noonan. In When Character Was King, Noonan brings her own reflections on Reagan to bear as well as new stories—from Presidents George W. Bush and his father, George H. W. Bush, his Secret Service men and White House colleagues, his wife, his daughter Patti Davis, and his close friends—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 both enlighten and move readers. It may well be the last word on Ronald Reagan, not only as a leader but as a man.

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User Review  - olegalCA - LibraryThing

Even if I was a fan of Ronald Reagan, this simpering biography would probably have still made me upchuck. Particularly amusing was the foreword where Noonan, in 2001, predicts that George W. Bush ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mirkwood - LibraryThing

"In a time of malice he was not malicious; in a time of lies he did not falsify; in a time of great pressure he didn't bend or break; in a time of disingenuousness he was clear and candid about where ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Peggy Noonan's New York Times bestselling books include When Character Was King and What I Saw at the Revolution. She is a columnist and contributing editor at the Wall Street Journal and the winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

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