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When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan | [Peggy Noonan]

When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan

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 President 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.
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Publisher's Summary

It is 20 years - a full generation - since Ronald Reagan first walked into the White House and ignited a revolution. From the beginning, he enjoyed affection from so many Americans, but now, as he approaches the end of his life, he has received what he deserved even more: their deep respect.

"Presidents tend to come from something," writes Peggy Noonan. What was the wellspring of Ronald Reagan's greatness? Noonan 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.

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 President 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 listeners. It may well be the last word on Ronald Reagan, not only as a leader but as a man.

©2001 Peggy Noonan; (P)2001 Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Noonan possesses an astonishingly deft touch for making the political process come alive." (USA Today)

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    Peter Walkersville, MD, USA 03-04-03
    Peter Walkersville, MD, USA 03-04-03
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    "5 Star Book"

    This book is truthful and insightful. The author not only gave beautiful insight to one of the greatest men of this century, it was the truth. This book leaves no doubt that Ronald Reagan had character and this in fact made him a great political leader.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Santa Clara, UT, USA 08-10-05
    Alan Santa Clara, UT, USA 08-10-05
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    "One of the best books so far"

    I wasnt familiar with peggy noonan before this book, but now Im a fan. one of the better audiobooks ive listened to in a while, and am listening to it for a second time. An insiders look at the greatest president of our time, who paints him as wonderfully human and uncommonly inspirational to conservatives everywhere. This one, is a must read in my opinion.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Maboo 07-20-15
    Maboo 07-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A MUST READ!!"
    Would you listen to When Character Was King again? Why?

    YES


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    RONALD REAGAN WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON ANS A GREAT PRESIDENT!!


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

    First


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    RR's life was orchestrated by God to be the leader and great man he was meant to be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 06-22-15
    Andrew 06-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    This book really opened my eyes to how great of a president we once had

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    Owen T, Smith Laurel Hollow, NY United States 04-03-15
    Owen T, Smith Laurel Hollow, NY United States 04-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    Great well read
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    Pete 02-26-15
    Pete 02-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous heartfelt read"

    Already was a huge fan of President Reagan, now love him even more!
    Peggy noon an did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Baldwinsville, NY, United States 01-01-15
    Heather Baldwinsville, NY, United States 01-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Gotta love Ronny"
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    If you liked Ronald Reagan, Peggy is top notch. She does a good narrative too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Spokane, WA, USA 10-24-14
    Jonathan Spokane, WA, USA 10-24-14 Member Since 2015

    I have an English degree, but do not work in the field. I read and I write, but I mostly read.

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    "Absolute Fluff Piece"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Honesty. A credible and compelling tone when discussing flaws in character. This made him look two dimensional. As if what we thought were flaws, were actually stage make-up. Handling things like adults who remember are reading the book would improve it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The next thing I listened to was Inside the Tornado.


    What three words best describe Peggy Noonan’s voice?

    Syrup. Sophomoric. Unbelievable


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. I wish I could return it. It diminished my opinion of his incredible legacy to know this is how his story is belong told. I learned some new stories and facts, but I'm not sure what of them are true, so I discount it all. There is dishonesty about things I have some expertise in. What of those things I have no expertise in?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darren Pride, LA, USA 10-30-03
    Darren Pride, LA, USA 10-30-03
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    "Very good"

    Does a great job on a great president!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Spencer Anderson Orem, UT United States 01-28-03
    Spencer Anderson Orem, UT United States 01-28-03 Member Since 2015
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    "Noonan makes you feel good"

    omes nThere'

    2 of 19 people found this review helpful

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