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  • Jun 21, 2004
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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 does not just write that President Reagan believed God spared him and pushed him into the direction he went, I must conclude that he believes this to be the case herself. The author is a practicing Catholic and such a belief is not so odd for such a person but it is quite a contention to make in the year 2004.

In terms of her God thesis I haven't made up my mind yet on it but having lived in the cold war era, the fall of the Soviet Union seemed quite miracle to me. No less than Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in a June 7th 2004 statement referred to the late President as a man of Greatness and who am I to argue with him.

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"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 process come alive."(USA Today)

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 memoirWhat I Saw at the Revolution, former speechwriter, and now a columnist and contributing editor forThe 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 on Reagan to bear inWhen Character Was Kingand discloses never-before-told stories from the former president's family, friends, and White House colleagues to...
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ISBN-10: 0670882356
ISBN-13: 978-0670882359
Author: Peggy Noonan
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: Viking Adult
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