An affectionate and intimate memoir about Ronald Reagan by his longtime personal assistant, who worked closely with the president for 10 years after he left the White House.
In The President Will See You Now, devoted Reagan insider Peggy Grande shares behind-the-scenes stories, intimate moments, and insights into one of America's most beloved presidents. Grande, who started in the office of Ronald Reagan as a college student and earned her way into a coveted role as the president's executive assistant, offers an unparalleled perspective on the postpresidency of a political icon.
Grande's stories show a unique private side to a public figure and leader who reshaped conservatism, ushered in an era of prosperity, and helped spur the end of the Cold War. Grande reveals what day-to-day life was like in Reagan's California office, including the former president's relationship with the first lady and his interactions with friends, world leaders, and everyday Americans. Grande recalls how Reagan kept a vigorous schedule for years after he left the White House, his robust engagement with others, and his ongoing political advocacy. Despite his eventual Alzheimer's diagnosis, Grande shows how Ronald Reagan remained true to core beliefs, his gentlemanly kindness, and his undying hope for his country.
Today the Reagan legacy looms over American politics more than ever. Grande reminds listeners why: When Ronald Reagan was president, we not only loved ourselves but also loved America and the American values he represented: faith, optimism, and patriotism.
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"As a friend and colleague of President Reagan, I know how close Peggy was to him and her account of such a privileged association makes for a marvelous and exciting read. For anyone interested in finding out what Ronald Reagan was really like, up-close and personal, Peggy's book is an absolute must read. I found it fascinating and revealing from beginning to end!" (The Right Honorable Brian Mulroney, former prime minister of Canada)
"Peggy Grande had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve President Reagan after his presidency, and we are fortunate to have her stories....This is a fresh look at a wonderful man who continues to inspire long after he served our country." (Dana Perino, White House press secretary for George W. Bush and best-selling author of And the Good News Is... and Let Me Tell You About Jasper...)
"Peggy's book reminds us of Ronald Reagan the man as well as his presidency, surely one of the most consequential of the 20th century. She shares the day-to-day workings of his post-presidency office and the joy of working for such an amiable, warm, and humble man who championed American values and principles. She also shares the heartbreaking moment toward the end of his life when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and the touching note he wrote to the public in which he said, 'When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.' Pure Ronald Reagan and a beautiful story from someone who had the privilege of seeing him every day for years. A great read!" (Jim Angle, retired chief national correspondent, Fox News Channel)
It was interesting and fast paced, started at a good point and ended with the Death of the President. I enjoyed the book.
Peggy, gave a view from just outside the office of the President, a better look than an attempt write about what the President was thinking.
As the writer and reader I got a better view of the person Peggy is. She was a loyal employee of the President.
I loved when Ms Grande spoke very lovingly about the Regans relationship to each other. But spent a little to much talk of her own problems (ie:child rearing). Over all it was good.
The emotion in this book is overwhelming! It is the most emotional book I have ever read. I am a 50ish male and i was crying thru most of the book.
The whole book!
He personal expression and emotion.
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