"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.
"Noonan possesses an astonishingly deft touch for making the political process come alive." (USA Today)
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.
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.
If you liked Ronald Reagan, Peggy is top notch. She does a good narrative too.
I have an English degree, but do not work in the field. I read and I write, but I mostly read.
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.
The next thing I listened to was Inside the Tornado.
Syrup. Sophomoric. Unbelievable
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?
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