The Reagan Diaries by Ronald Reagan

69%

8 Critic Reviews

Nowhere does this popular president speak of the challenges of the approaching millennium, of history and its turning points...
-NY Times

Synopsis

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.
 

About Ronald Reagan

See more books from this Author
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 HarperCollins e-books. 784 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, War. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
icon14
Peak Rank on Mar 17 2013
icon3
Weeks as Bestseller
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Reagan Diaries
All: 8 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 4

Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Dec 21 2015

Admirers will find plenty to admire in these jottings and nothing to change their view of Reagan, but rather confirmation of the vision they already have.

Read Full Review of The Reagan Diaries | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

NY Times

Above average
on Jun 17 2007

Nowhere does this popular president speak of the challenges of the approaching millennium, of history and its turning points...

Read Full Review of The Reagan Diaries | See more reviews from NY Times

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Carole Cadwalladr on Jun 23 2007

What you have, instead, is a homespun account of Reagan's White House years - a daily enumeration of meetings attended, dignitaries met and world events that have occurred.

Read Full Review of The Reagan Diaries | See more reviews from Guardian

Guardian

Good
on Jun 24 2007

He was one of the most popular American Presidents of the postwar years, and in this, the diaries are illuminating...

Read Full Review of The Reagan Diaries | See more reviews from Guardian

Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Alessandro Nicolo on Jul 27 2007

We can never know for sure how a person whom we never met truly feels, but the book leaves you with a feeling of genuine authenticity. Indeed, it has the genuine rawness of a diary .

Read Full Review of The Reagan Diaries | See more reviews from Blog Critics

Open Letters Monthly

Good

This narrative feat...is the real achievement of The Reagan Diaries – diaries in which the single least important fact is what job the writer held during those eight years. No, instead we get a three-dimensional portrait of an unaffected person...

Read Full Review of The Reagan Diaries

Deseret News

Above average
on Jun 10 2007

Many of Reagan's comments are warm-hearted, often musings on the activities of the day, a suggestion that the things that meant a great deal to him were indeed the simple things of life.

Read Full Review of The Reagan Diaries

Boston.com

Above average
on May 22 2007

What is missing is the deeper form of reflection that might have elevated " The Reagan Diaries " to the first tier of presidential writing.

Read Full Review of The Reagan Diaries

Reader Rating for The Reagan Diaries
86%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 359 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review

Reader reviews & activity

User Review

Eric Brown 28 Jun 2014

Rated the book as 4 out of 5

×