THE REAGAN DIARIES by Ronald Reagan

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During his two terms as the fortieth 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. Brought together in one volume and 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.
 

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Douglas Brinkley is professor of history and Baker Institute Fellow at Rice University. He is the author of numerous bestselling books including The Unfinished Presidency, The Boys of Pointe du Hoc, and The Great Deluge. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the in-house historian for CBS News, he divides his time between Austin and Houston, Texas.
 
Published March 17, 2009 by Harper Perennial.
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Still, the diaries do seem to confirm that Reagan had an ingrained habit of substituting public relations for serious policy.

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The New York Times

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Not since the 19th century has a United States president kept a diary through his entire White House tenure, and this volume tells us more about Ronald Reagan than many of his biographies.

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The Guardian

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The Reagan Diaries by Ronald Reagan, edited by Douglas Brinkley HarperPress £30, pp784 You don't get to be President of the United States of America by accident.

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Publishers Weekly

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Along with his faith and determination, Reagan's warmth, kindness, concern and compassion are evident throughout, and many readers will want to shelve this book alongside Nancy Reagan's bestselling I Love You, Ronnie.

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Publishers Weekly

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Reagan presents anecdotes about his family, details his ideology, tells of his presidential candidacy and describes his eight years in the White House.

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In 2010, researchers at the Reagan Library discovered a box of index cards containing jokes, literary quotes, and excerpts from speeches written in Reagan's own hand and arranged under rubrics such as "On Liberty," "On War," and "On the People."

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BC Books

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is showing.” In another entry he wrote, “I cannot conjure up 1 iota of respect for just about all of them.” In international affairs, Reagan was a Cold War leader who honestly believed in the inherent goodness of America.

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Open Letters Monthly

Two months after his inauguration, the laconic President Taft (whose own attempt at keeping a presidential diary lasted exactly two entries – something of a record, even for slugabeds) remarked, “I was hoping there would be more dull days,” but even given the accelerated pace of the 20th century’...

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Deseret News

Douglas Brinkley, a history professor at Tulane University, writes in his introduction to "The Reagan Diaries" that he was astounded when he first saw the five volumes that comprise the Ronald Reagan presidential diaries.

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Business Week

"The battle for the mind of Ronald Reagan was like the trench warfare of World War I: Never have so many fought so hard for such barren terrain."

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Harvard Political Review

In the latest episodes of the popular reality series America’s Next Top Reagan (also known as the 2012 race), we’ve been seeing contestants reaching out to the former president’s legacy more than ever.

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