When Character Was King

When Character Was King

A Story of Ronald Reagan

Book - 2001
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It is twenty years -- a full generation -- since Ronald Reagan first walked into the White House and ignited a revolution. From the beginning, he enjoyed the American people's affection but now, as he approaches the end of his life, he has received what he deserved even more: their deep respect. What was the wellspring of his greatness? Peggy Noonan, bestselling author of the classic Reagan-era memoir What I Saw at the Revolution, former speech-writer, and now a columnist and contributing editor for The Wall Street Journal, 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. The one thing a man must bring into the White House with him if he is to succeed, Noonan contends, is a character that people come to recognize as high, sturdy, and reliable. Noonan, renowned for her special insight into Ronald Reagan's history and personality, brings her own reflections on Reagan to bear in When Character Was King and discloses never-before-told stories from the former president's family, friends, & White House colleagues to reveal the true nature of a man even his opponents now view as a maker of big history. Marked by incisive wit & elegant prose, When Character Was King will enlighten & move readers
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001.
ISBN: 9780670882359
Branch Call Number: 973.927 Noonan 2001
Characteristics: viii, 338 p. ;,24 cm.


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Don’t look to Noonan for an unbiased view of the 40th president; she served as a speech writer and special assistant to Reagan. Despite her affection for Reagan, though, she always has had a clear eye and good descriptive powers.

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