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Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography (Thorndike Press Large Print Paperback Series) Paperback – Large Print


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Product Details

  • Series: Thorndike Press Large Print Paperback Series
  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: G K Hall & Co (April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816153361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816153367
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,351,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This infamous look at the former First Lady spent 12 weeks on PW 's hardcover bestseller list and inspired George Carpozi Jr.'s scathing Poison Pen: The Unauthorized Biography of Kitty Kelley. More than 800,000 hardcovers are in print.
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More About the Author

Among the awards that Kitty Kelley has been honored with by her professional peers are the Outstanding Author Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors for her "courageous writing on popular culture," the Philip M. Stern Award for her "outstanding service to writers and the writing profession," the Medal of Merit from the Lotos Club in New York City, and the 2005 PEN Oakland Literary Censorship Award. She has also been selected as a member of Vanity Fair magazine's Hall of Fame. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, People, Ladies' Home Journal, McCall's, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.

Customer Reviews

Cover history of the Reagon's well.
Kenneth L. Miller
The book, although probably correct in many particulars, perhaps most or even all, and quite interesting at times is simply too long and very much too one-sided.
Marvin D. Pipher
We really don't need to know all of their dirty laundry.
J. Pace

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wasn't expecting much when I sat down to read this book. I assumed it would be a fairly cut and dried bio of an marginally interesting, blatantly social-climbing first lady. Was I wrong!! There's plenty to read here about Nancy Reagan, her family, the presidency, and more. They don't call Kitty Kelley the Saddam Hussein of journalists for nothing! I enjoyed this book very much, (going on the assumption that all of her sources were being 100% honest of course) and I'd recommend it without reservation.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on March 19, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kelly's books, whether you like her or not, can be taken to the bank. You know they are true, no matter how salacious (which means most of them) otherwise she would end up tied into a thousand libel law suits -- and yet she has not.

The same is true for his one. She mines the alley-ways of Washington, and drains the swamps of her close "tell-all" friends and family to come up with the goods on the "made in Hollywood plastic doll" called Nancy Reagan. Too bad Kelly had to become an institution in and of her self. If we had anything other than a "limp-wristed" press, we would not have to rely on the likes of Kelly to give us the "true skinny" on what's happening in the "Lincoln bedroom" and its environs.

This 600-page tale has more than just the ring of truth. Even without hearing her voice, we all knew that Nancy was a flawed personality in the classic way of American flaws; the kind that makes her blend-in and makes her become all but invisible to the typical majority American public. She possessed a kind of "dainty and flighty empty persona" that goes down well with being a "washed-out ex-starlet" and a conservative Republicanism (or is this redundant?).

But inviting Frank Sinatra in through the backdoor of the White House for private lunches when "Old Ronny boy" was away? This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "when the Cats away, the mouse will come out to play."

And this is just the most salacious of a whole feast of salacious fare. Her firing of Donald Regan, for instance, was a Machiavellian work of art. It proves that Nancy knew how to protect and run interference for her "golden goose." Her consultation and faith in the prediction of psychics bordered on lunacy: Don't these people ever read books?
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By John G. Hilliard on April 22, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You just have to love Kitty Kelly, if a subject of any of her books was ever short with a staff member, cut someone off in traffic, or returned a movie late Kitty will find out and make a chapter out of it. This book is really no different, it is the standard, made for tabloid mini series book from her, but that is probably why you buy it. Whenever a person gets to a high profile public job they are always going to have issues that the rest of us what to read about and authors tend to make a little more scandalous then they actualy were. This case is no exception with a person that was first a successful actress and then the First Lady of one of the biggest states and then the country. There are any numbers of toes that have been stepped on and Kitty found them all.
The most interesting bits I found were the years in the White House and her hatchet jobs of staff members of her husbands that she did not like, the odd calls to her San Francisco psychic to plan major events, and the wonderful warm relationship she had with her kids (sarcasm in high gear). Overall this is a fun and gossipy kind of book that you would expect from the author. At times there is a bit much detail, but some judicious page skipping will correct that issue. The book is a good representation of all the bad days Nancy had and is worth reading for no other reason to understand the closest advisor Ron had.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By karsiyaka on November 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought the first edition of this book twenty years ago and I just got around reading it recently. The book was written in a straight forward fashion with no fancy sentences or intellectual content. The language used is plain and descriptive and the book reads like a well-written report. The personality profile of the people in the book and dynamics between them are described so well that the reader is able to understand their motivations in each event.

Initially, the content of the book, meaning the events and the actions of the people involved, shocked and saddened me so much, I wondered if the purpose was selling books by stirring controversy. Actually the documentation at the end of the book and also multiple quotes and reports from different people, most of them high profile, about each event indicate that the author did an extraordinary job of researching her subject matter.

It is amazing how our opinions of others and our feelings toward them are based on superficial measures such as appearances, a smily face or an agreeable nature. This book does a very good job of going beyond the appearances. Although the book is over six hundred pages, I didn't find it boring because it was so hard to put it down.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kendrik Lau on May 6, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Whenever I see a biography that is unauthorized, that usually means two things...the subject had aboslutely no input into it and thus cannot refute or put into perspective on tidbits given to the writers by (usually) disgruntle sources, and the book itself is going to trash the subject (Madonna Unauthorized by Christopher Andersen comes to mind).

In any case, I do have to admit the Kitty Kelley did her research into Nancy Reagan. Straight from the mouths of her children, step-children, relatives, colleauges, fellow Hollywood starlets (and from Nancy herself, thanks to her own gossipy book "My Turn"), Kelley chronicled Mrs. Reagan's beginnings as a Hollywood starlet to her tenure as America's first unofficial "petticoat president".

The tone of Kelley's approach was cast when the book began with Kelley claiming she ran into a wall of silence while researching the book (well, she still did find plenty of people to open their trap), and the book opens with how everything on Nancy's birth certificate was manufactured other than her race and gender.

Yes, you can tell by now, that Mrs. Reagan's dirty laundry is going to be exposed to the world. I particularly take interest on the chapter dealing with Nancy's years in Hollywood, where it is chronicled that she got parts in movies by ingratiating herself with the higher-ups; as if everybody else in Hollywood was not ambitious as well.

In all, Nancy Reagan is portrayed as an ambitious woman who placed her career and place in society by sacrificing her relationship with her family and children; like men hasn't been doing that for years. It is again, a case where a woman who has sights for higher heights is put down for her ambitions (not to say that tact and diplomacy are not virtues, something Mrs.
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