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When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan

3 Ratings: 3.7
A book by Peggy Noonan

"You read her to thrall in her striking ability to behold great vistas through a pinhole . . . in a language that is always concrete and vital."(The New York Times)    "Noonan possesses an astonishingly deft touch for making the political … see full wiki

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Author: Peggy Noonan
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: Viking Adult
3 reviews about When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald...
review by . June 21, 2004
This book celebrates the beliefs of President Reagan and the background more than the actual events of his life. It presents that life superimposed on a series of values and beliefs that steered him. Peggy Noonan's Ronald Reagan could not do other than what he did because his character and his religion compelled him into the directions he took. One can debate if they were the correct directions but that is in my opinion a correct statement.The book is a tad messanic. I would subimt that the author …
review by . August 08, 2002
. . .which does not fit -- and should not be fit -- into the typical biography category.No particularly new details about the 40th President of the United States are revealed here which would be of interest to an historian. That is not the purpose of the book. Rather, Ms. Noonan sets forth a portrait of an ordinary man who rose to the challenge and did great things. In the tradition of the classic Irish storyteller, Ms. Noonan tries (and for the most part, succeeds) in expressing the humanity of …
review by . December 10, 2001
When Lou Cannon was on The Today Show recently to promote his own new Reagan book, Katie Couric opened the interview by asking, with a sneer in her voice, 'Why do we need *another* book about Ronald Reagan?'Cannon was too polite to say so, but his answer could have been, 'Because people like you, Katie, keep getting him wrong.'As Peggy Noonan points out, most of the people who have written about the Gipper over the years, up to and including his official biographer Edmund Morris, have understood …
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