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Product Details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corp (April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558505091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558505094
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,541,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Former speechwriter to presidents Reagan and Bush, Noonan (What I Saw at the Revolution) reflects on single parenthood, the 1992 presidential campaign and her deepening religious faith.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Former Reagan speechwriter Noonan follows up her best-selling What I Saw at the Revolution (LJ 3/15/90) with another candid take on the current cultural and political landscape. Although not the "insider" she was in the Reagan years, Noonan still champions the conservative cause. She links most of America's problems to the decline of family and spiritual values, resulting in the breakdown of societal norms and political cohesion. At the same time, she relates her own search for a spiritual connection through Bible study and prayer. Even if you don't agree with her political views, Noonan's direct and lyrical writing makes for enjoyable reading, even for a confirmed liberal. Buy where her previous book did well, or where fans of perceptive political commentary exist.
--Pamela R. Daubenspeck, Warren-Trumbull Cty. P.L., Warren, Ohio
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 18, 1997
Format: Paperback
Ah Peggy, how about an Irish book next? She writes like the wind she does. Her forays into spirituality mirror an entire generations search for a deeper meaning than the serial advertisements we are subjected to. I enjoy her honesty and wit and await the next..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy K. Oconnor on December 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For those enjoying Peggy Noonan, her thoughful essays of how her life evolved in the 1990's will be a delight.
The topics are not especially political (although politicians are mentioned). The first part is about the lack of vision by Republicans that led to Clinton's election. The later essays, however, are mainly about personal transition, including that of being a single parent and returning to spiritual values.
Much of this mirrors the evolving lives of the baby boomers as they grow up: the real story that occured quietly and behind the scenes and not in the flashier stories on the 1990's.
However, those who are allergic to discussions of religion will probably hate it, as will those who hate Peggy Noonan for her political history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Cardon on September 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
It is indeed a shame that this book is not currently in print. I first listened to this book in audio format, and I am still impressed today. Ms. Noonan thoughts are intriguing and resonate within me. A good book for luxury reading, I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason E. Smith on March 22, 2007
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In her characteristically insightful and observant style, Noonan--a former Reagan speech writer and Catholic convert--surveys the social, cultural, political, and spiritual essence of the 1990's.

She captures, explains, and critiques that tumultuous decade in a way no one else can. Noonan is one of my personal heroes and this title, more than any other, captures the wisdom that makes her so inspiring. The writing is a little uneven from one chapter to the next, but somehow it all works. If you're a fan of her columns, you will absolutely enjoy this.

Recommended.
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