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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Random House (October 18, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812992113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812992113
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The former First Lady strikes back at her detractors, remarks upon her troubled relationships with her children and discusses her belief in astrology in this book that was a bestseller in cloth. Photos.
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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful By "masonx" on September 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Mrs Reagan makes no apology for this personal partisan expose of her life.This is as the title states HER turn to tell Nancy's side of the story which she does with candour,regret,humour a slight bitterness and a little sadness.Her love and devotion to her husband and their marriage stands out above everything including a candid admission that between the two of them they could have been better parents.Despite their closeness Nancy adamantly refutes any suggestion she was a power behind the throne or weilded great influence on her husband "otherwise Don Regan would have been dismissed much earlier than he was".Neither does she make apology for giving Ronnie unwelcome opinions about policy and personalities in the administration.Anyone sleeping with the leader of the free world is going to put in their sixpence worth and no mistake.But does that mean he takes the advice? Probably not.
She also makes no bones about people she disagreed with and her meetings with Raisa Gorbachev bear testimont to an ability to carry on regardless.You go girl! What other similar situations did she leave out I wonder.Her opinions of Roslyn Carter were interesting and uncatty,considering the circumstances both women deserve a medal for their restraint. I read this book by chance soon after the joint briefly worded statement from Mr & Mrs Reagan about the Presidents illness was announced to the world, "...for me personally it is the start of a long goodbye..." so tried not to let this affect my views. Nancy Reagan admits to a faults on her part and actions she regretted but I was pleasantly surprised about this revealing biography of a public person who had been vilified in the press for doing what she did best,trying to protect the interests of the dearest person in her life. Would that most of us could say the same.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bachelier on April 18, 2008
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For a single penny and the price of postage you too can own this camp classic. And the Don Regan paragraphs are just too too rich. Sharpen your claws girls and get it today!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Mikesell on March 21, 2013
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I liked it because some of the delusions Nancy Reagan had were pretty funny. It's a decently written book that some people will adore and others will throw across the room - your choice.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on December 24, 1999
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Heard the taped version of my turn: the memoirs of Nancy Reagan . . . I never followed her career too closely, when she was the first lady, though I do recall she was always involved in a lot of controversy . . . now I can see why . . . it was interesting to read her version of why she consulted an astrologer, about her feud with Ronald Reagan, etc. . . . what comes though loud and clear: her passionate love for the president . . . I particularly liked the fact that she did the actual narration . . . in addition, I admire her ability to admit her mistakes.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Positive Guy on November 4, 2004
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It's been awhile since I read this book, but being that I am an admirer of Nancy Reagan's, I didn't mind reading it again.

The main thing that strikes you throughout this book is her strength, sensitivity, and love for her husband. She brought a level of dignity and class to the White House and as subsequent events have proven, she maintained it beautifully long after she was out of the limelight. The way she cared for her husband throughout his long illness showed a devotion that we aren't used to seeing in marriages, especially very public ones.

Even though this book is a few years old, you will learn much about the wonderful lady. If you are a fan of hers or just curious, there is much in this book that is enlightening and entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.Dench on June 12, 2013
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At the time I always thought Nancy didn't get a fair deal. The press so liked to make fun of the Reagan's, but oh boy they really got it wrong(again) there. I thought she wrote an honest story, did away with several myths, didn't make things seems better than they were with for instance the children and by now I don't think there is any doubt in anyones's mind her husband really was the center of her life. She writes in the book about her mother, whom she dearly loved, in the end not recognising her.But she said, "never mind better to still have a mother you can spend time with and hold hands with is better than no mother". This was written before she knew of her husbands eventual disease and decline, but gives an insight how loyal Nancy is to ones she loves.
I also think women sometimes are better judges of character because of our own nature we often recognise certain traits in others. She was quite right to give her opinion of people she thought didn't respect her husband or the office of the presidency enough, I think any loving and concerned wife would have done that and just like every husband it sometimes takes them a while to realise we might have a point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sharon vestal on March 29, 2014
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This book was extremely well written. It followed the Reagan's life well as I remember it and Nancy always expresses her feelings in a very diplomatic way. I can only say that Nancy led an extremely interesting life with Ronald, with never a boring moment to spare. This is a good read for anyone. I don't think anyone realizes, or has the slightest idea, of how exhausting the first ladies life can be, especially with a second term to fill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia C. Stendal on January 6, 2013
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This is an inside look at what made Nancy Reagan tick. She certainly was the well-loved wife of her Ronnie, and the feeling was mutual. I feel I understand Nancy much better as a woman and as a First Lady after reading this book. I always wondered why she couldn't warm up a little more to Raisa Gorbachev when it seemed like the whole state of the Cold War depended on it. Her husband and Gorby seemed to hit it off so well. The story reveals that Raisa was a complete bore on any social occasion. She didn't know how to converse politely but turned every opportunity, be it only a small intimate coffee with the First Lady, into a platform to parrot the communist ideology. Nancy wasn't able to handle this. (Interestingly, Barbara Bush, being more of a people person, was able to reach out and make a genuine friend of Raisa.) I was always turned off by Nancy's doll-like figure and obsession with expensive clothes. She makes the point that many of the expensive designer dresses she wore and some of the jewelry were loans or gifts from the designers. Since the First Ladies' clothes are paid for by the President,not the country, Nancy could not understand the criticism she received. The estrangement of the Reagans from their children during the presidency was very sad. Although this distressed Nancy greatly, she did not know how to bridge the gap. Nancy's love and support for her husband was very exemplary, and perhaps he could not have been the president he was without her at his side. My opinion of Nancy was much improved after reading this book.
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