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.
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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
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
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
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
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