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When Character Was King Audiobook

When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan

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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 Harpers Ferry, WV 03-04-03
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    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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    Maboo 07-20-15
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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.


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    Andrew 06-22-15
    Andrew 06-22-15 Member Since 2017
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    This book really opened my eyes to how great of a president we once had

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    Pete 02-26-15
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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.

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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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    If you liked Ronald Reagan, Peggy is top notch. She does a good narrative too.

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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.

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    J Carter hannie2 09-30-17
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    The best "back in time" remembrance ever. What an awesome man. He was the best, and this was a great clip to remember all that went on back then.

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    jfs816 11-23-16
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    "Great read, great insight "

    Excellent book with insight into the makeup of president Reagan and what made him into the man he was and why he lead the way he did.

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    Dennis Cole 04-24-16
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    "A great story of a great man"

    This is a great tell of a great man. It is not a stiff biography full of stiff facts and figures. it is the story of how Ronald Reagan was.

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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 2017
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    Great well read
    I will listen again
    Very well written of course
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