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When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan [Paperback]

By Peggy Noonan (Author)
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The author shares her unique insight into Ronald Reagan, arguing that his character and courage made him the object of reverence and respect in America.

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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 Presidents 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 readers. It may well be the last word on Ronald Reagan, not only as a leader but as a man.

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When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan by Peggy Noonan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • People Weekly - 08/03/2009 page 45

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 2, 2002
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  18
ISBN  0142001686  
ISBN13  9780142001684  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Commentary, Peggy Noonan is the author of nine books, a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and was a primary speechwriter and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Six of Noonan's books have been New York Times bestsellers. Noonan is a trustee of the Manhattan Institute. She makes regular appearances on CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week and NBC's Meet The Press.

Peggy Noonan currently resides in the state of New York. Peggy Noonan was born in 1950.

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Just What I Expected: A Myth about a president who's bad ideas continue to hurt America  Jan 14, 2007
This book was well written. But for the most part it is like any other book written about Regan, propaganda. Ronald Regan was probably a great guy to know personally but he was not in my opinion a very good president. He continually gave huge tax cuts to the rich while pushing Americas less fortunate futher and further into poverty. He belived, if you read his writings and listen to his speeches, that it was the fault of the poor and middle class for being poor and middle class. I suggest that any one who reads this book also read Man Of the House by Tip O'Neil to get the other side of the story. To me after reading this biography I was more disappointed in Regan than anything. To go from living in a struggling family that was just able to make ends meet to becoming a rich movie star and later on govenor and president he quiclky forgot what it was like to be a working person in America to day. People often say that he the only person to push the fall of the U.S.S.R. this too is untrue. Communist systems just do not work the U.S.S.R. was going to fall anyways. Plus there were many people working in Europe for the U.S.S.R.'s fall i.e. John Paul II and Margret Thatcher. So in the end was Regan a respectable man. YES! Was he the best person to be leader of the free wrold. Probably not.
Excellent book about best President America has produced  Dec 8, 2006
When I use to read the reviews on books like this one by those who are leftist I really could not understand the rage and blindness that they contain. If you look at the negative ratings and the rants about this book it is apparent that these individuals really can't help it. It is almost like the story of Moses and the Pharoah, where God says that He "hardened Pharoah's heart." It's not a matter that the left won't be decent and civilized, it's that they can't. If you read the negative one star ratings about this book you will understand what I mean.

This book is nothing less then excellent. Peggy Noonan is a fine writer and I just finished her book on John Paul II. Reagan was quite frankly the best President that this country has produced. Noonan really helps us to understand the man. How he grew up, what his relationship was with his father and how he wound up in politics. This is an important book because there are so many wannabe writers out there that take every chance to smear a good man like Reagan because of their love for either a buck or to satisfy some psychological deformity. Unfortunately it is very in vogue these days by liberals to say the most outrageous things they can muster. The more they rant the more they believe people will listen to their insanity. The sad thing is that it is usually true. The liberals have alot of hate and alot of energy and they don't let up for a second. Especially when it comes to decency. Reagan was good and decent and so is this book, so the left has got their work cut out for them. They have to convince alot of people that good people are bad and evil people are good.

Aside from my soapbox, buy the book. It is good and Peggy Noonan is a great writer. The book is objective and decent. The book gave me a deeper understanding of the fact that people who had tough younger lives can and do turn out to be great leaders and good people like Ronald Reagan did.
Poorly written with some interesting information on Reagan  Dec 5, 2006
Although Ms. Noonan has some wonderful facts about Ronald Reagan, his life, and his presidency, this book is poorly written and frustrating to read. The first chapter is almost entirely dialogue and tidbits of dialogue that took place during the christening of a ship. Reagan was not even present at this christening, but at home suffering from Alzheimer's, so I'm at a loss as to why it was included. It is tedious to read and the writing only gets marginally better with the second chapter. Throughout the book, she jumps back and forth from the past to the present in an irritating manner that makes the book a pain to read. I purchased this book to read the details of Reagan's life in an easily read manner, complete and fact-based. Instead, this book is the ramblings of a senior who if ever was able to write well, has lost the ability. Every paragraph is littered with sentences beginning with prepositional phrases and "and". Overuse of prepositional phrases is the trademark of a very poor writer. Don't waste your money. You can find more interesting stories and facts on Reagan on the internet without the ramblings and chapters wasted on events that didn't include Reagan.
I liked this book  Sep 21, 2006
There is a series of speeches entitled "Character Above All" some of which are very good and some not so good (depending on the speaker.) This speech was a springboard for the book (if I am not mistaken.) So, in my opinion, if you get the "Character Above All" tape by Noonan on Reagan and if you like that then you will most definately like the book. I loved the book and the tape.
The Great Communicator  Feb 13, 2006
Peggy Noonan's Reagan has the texture of truth, unlike a recent Reagan bio by Richard Reeves that has the texture of slime. Noonan's Reagan is not hagiography; it's clear-eyed, clean, and palpably honest. I feel Ms. Noonan's honesty just as I felt the incredible lightness of Reeves' shallowness.
Noonan wrote her story of a great man and the building of his character as Ronald Reagan lay dying. Now that he's gone, Peggy Noonan is our era's great communicator. Not every word of When Character Was King is the utterly necessary word at the absolutely necessary time -- a few of her words don't fit and an occasional fact is flubbed -- but all other words of hundreds and thousands fit perfectly into the best portrait we have of a good and great man, a description also used fittingly for Dwight Eisenhower.
Noonan, I believe, is the only biographer of President Reagan who understands the import of a first-term footnote, an episode that most of the world has learned to forget or, like Reeves, has learned to diminish. That's the PATCO strike which, as Noonan shows, had world-historical implications. By the force of his focus, President Reagan used PATCO to reassert free-world mastery in our twilight struggle with an Evil Empire that was evil and that was an empire. Thank God we had Reagan at a moment of maximum danger. Thank God he had Noonan to tell his story.

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