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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness Paperback – April, 1995

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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.

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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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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: #2,649,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peggy Noonan is the widely admired and award winning columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where her column, Declarations, has run since 2000. She is also a contributor to CBS News, appearing frequently on Face the Nation. Her work has been lauded as "passionate, patriotic and persuasive" and as "must-reading for the understanding of American politics." In 2011 she was honored as Columnist of the Year by The Week, which said of her work, "In an era of rigid polarization, she embraces the nearly lost art of open-mindedness." Her prose, said the magazine, "is subtle and striking, and the clarity of her observations can be devastating." In 2010 Noonan received the Tex McCrary Journalism Award given by the Medal of Honor Society, which is composed of living recipients of the Medal of Honor. She has called this the highest honor of her career. Noonan is the author of nine books on American politics and culture, among them her early political classic, WHAT I SAW AT THE REVOLUTION and her bestselling biography of Ronald Reagan, WHEN CHARACTER WAS KING. She was a special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. She is a member of the board of trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. She is the author most recently of THE TIME OF OUR LIVES, a collection of columns and essays published by Twelve. Peggy Noonan was born in Brooklyn, New York, received her BA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and lives in New York City.

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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
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. W. G. Covington, Jr. on July 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
It takes a while to adapt to Noonan's "New Yorkish, post-modern, stream-of-consciousness" style, but once you adjust it's fun. The whole book isn't that way, just large sections. Evidently that is the style designed to capture people brought up with short attention spans. If you expect a former presidential speech writer to have a gift of eloquence, you're not disappointed in Peggy Noonan. Her observations cause you to say "yeah, that's right" as she points out things you hadn't really considered.
Noonan has lived the examined life, but in writing of one of her former employers (Ronald Reagan) she observed that the unexamined life actually IS worth living, contrary to the ancient philosopher's assertion. In this book, Noonan asks herself, as her readers peer into her private thoughts: "What do I want my life to mean? What do I want the obit to say, what do I want for the lead?"
A similar observation is found in her comparision between individual giftings. On a social acquaintance she writes, "He thinks intelligence is a virtue when of course, it's not, virtue is a virtue, intelligence is a gift."
She reminds us of the reality that Christianity is really for rebels. When society accepts it and tries to package it; it loses it's authenticity. Christians historically have been falsely accused, murdered, gone underground, and regardless of what pagans do to destory their faith, it grows stronger all the time. So she's not overly concerned that the social structure doesn't accept it. She says it helps it maintain its authenticity. After all Jesus Himself predict should treatment for His followers.
You'll like this book if you're interested in both personal reflection and glimpses of cultural change. She combines macro and micro analyses in a colorful flow. Like a world class communicator should, she keeps the audience engaged
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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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