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The Reagan Diaries: Extended Selections | [Ronald Reagan]

The Reagan Diaries: Extended Selections

During his two terms as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. Now, nearly two decades after he left office, this remarkable record, the only daily Presidential diary in American history, is available for the first time.
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During his two terms as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. Now, nearly two decades after he left office, this remarkable record, the only daily presidential diary in American history, is available for the first time.

Edited by historian Douglas Brinkley, The Reagan Diaries provides a striking insight into one of this nation's most important presidencies and sheds new light on the character of a true American leader. Whether he was in his White House residence study or aboard Air Force One, each night Reagan wrote about the events of his day, which often included his relationships with other world leaders and the unforgettable moments that defined the era.

Seldom before has the American public been given access to the unfiltered experiences and opinions of a president in his own words. To read these diaries, filled with Reagan's trademark wit, sharp intelligence, and humor, is to gain a unique understanding of one of the most beloved occupants of the Oval Office in our nation's history.

©2007 The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Reagan's diaries are revealing, and Brinkley has done historians and the broad public a great service by editing them for publication." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Stephen charlotte, NC, United States 06-21-07
    Stephen charlotte, NC, United States 06-21-07
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    "True American Hero"

    The diaries reflect the true Ronald Reagan as one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States. Not the Reagan portrayed by journalists (alternately the most dangerous man in the world or a dottering old fool). His love for this country and his firm conviction of the failure of communism are clearly evident. His mission to defeat communism is clearly the focus of his efforts. Most touching and refreshing is the devotion he has to his wife Nancy. The diaries show his humanity, faith, compassion, strength and morality.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 06-25-07
    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 06-25-07 Member Since 2003
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    "A good overview"

    I have read the Truman Diaries, and this cannot be compared to the rich detail and indepth history that Truman provides. However, it does give an interesting perspective of the daily life of a President and the huge issues and decisions that he faces. I'd say that it is worthwhile from that point of view, to get an overview for the 8 years that he was president. However, don't expect to get any great insights into history from this one.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron Anchorage, AK, United States 03-05-10
    Cameron Anchorage, AK, United States 03-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Provides a personal window"

    If you take this audiobook at face value, yes, a lot of it is "went to meeting, talked to Mike Deaver", etc. If you read between the lines, however, you see where his heart was. His devotion to Nancy is remarkable. His ups and downs with the Soviets show raw emotion. He shares some personal family uprisings that show he was a real man, not perfect. His dedication to the diary speaks a lot to his character; he started something and finished it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Madison, NJ, USA 10-10-12
    Thomas Madison, NJ, USA 10-10-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Worth listening to"
    Would you listen to The Reagan Diaries again? Why?

    Proves that the RR who spoke to us on TV for 4 years was the real RR. Sincere. Loved the country he served. Worshipped his wife. Wanted to serve honorably and did so. The selections were balanced. The man's discipline showed through from year to year.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Myersville, MD, United States 03-05-12
    David Myersville, MD, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Reagan Rocks"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Reagan Diaries?

    His love for Nancy.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Conger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Bring him back.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen. You really get an inside look into the President.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. David CT, USA 03-23-11
    M. David CT, USA 03-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Exactly what you think it is"

    If this sounds like something you'd enjoy; you probably will. It provides interesting insights and perspectives to our 40th president. If you don't think you'd like it, you probably won't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JRH Brazosport, TX United States 09-10-13
    JRH Brazosport, TX United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2010

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    "As it says - Reagan's Diary - read alloud."
    What did you like best about The Reagan Diaries? What did you like least?

    It is a nice collection of daily accounts from Ronald Reagan. Somehow I expected to hear his voice. Not so.

    Just a window to his thoughts or happenings while he was in office. Nothing exciting here.


    What three words best describe Eric Conger’s performance?

    No performance. Just reading.


    Could you see The Reagan Diaries being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark DAYTON, NV, United States 11-07-10
    Mark DAYTON, NV, United States 11-07-10
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    "Not to bad"

    I find myself wondering how can anyone write a negative thing about this GREAT MAN. Well sometimes writers are only half as good as the subjects they write about. I always enjoy reading or listening to books about Ronal Reagan, this one is no exception.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 01-16-08
    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 01-16-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Not very good"

    I did not care for this book at all. It is disjointed and not very interesting. I tried to hang with it for over four hours over a week or so but finally had to give up. I'm still searching for a good book on Reagan.

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    Graham Hong KongHong Kong 06-14-07
    Graham Hong KongHong Kong 06-14-07
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    "A simple diary from a small minded old man"

    This is not an impressive presidential diary. It has little or no detail, no discussion, no insights. Basically, he just lists what he did on a given day. "Ate breakfast, then had meeting".
    The diaries do, however, confirm some very unflatering stereotypes. Reagan praises Zaire's Mobutu and the Philippine's Marcos. He shows incredible ignorance about South Africa, writing that Tutu is "naive" to think that sanctions could ever work. He follows the polls avidly. He never analyzes his policies or decisions, rather just discusses how they affect his polling results. He blames the press for everything. He can't understand why anyone would find his Bitburg visit offensive. He makes simple minded decisions, then stubbornly sticks to them, regardless of the facts. Sounds eerily familiar.
    He visits China. The only thing he mentions in his diaries is the food, and his ability to use his chopsticks.
    Overall, these diaries are nothing but simple lists of his daily activities. If you're looking for any depth, this is really the wrong place.

    15 of 78 people found this review helpful
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    "Very good but a bit rambling!"

    A slice of history, essential for anyone interested in American politics, and global politics. Reagan says some things I disagree with, can come off bigotted, a bully in places, but he is a slice of history, you get a lot of feel for life in that white house, and for those out there who aspire to political office, perhaps give this one a try. I wouldn't go to 4 stars because it can be a little dull, but it's still a good buy if you're seriously interested in history / politics, heck, the 80s in general.

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