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- Listening Length: 6 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: August 12, 2005
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000AWGX7M
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A Different Drummer: My Thirty Years with Ronald Reagan Audiobook – Unabridged
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Fate smiled when it put Michael Deaver at Reagan's side; they clearly worked as a matched set. And that fit shows here in the story.
Deaver has managed to match his old boss again. This time by making the telling of this American Classic look easy!
The difference from others' earlier attempts is that unlike those who've tried to talk about being there, he ignores the academic and chattering-class' over-analysis. Like The Gipper, Deaver wisely insists on just sharing a great set of stories.
Reading "A Differnt Drummer" is a lot like listening to The Great Communicator himself. Even for a political agnostic, I was swept up by the clarity of Deaver's perspective. He carries you through three decades with insight and soul.
If you are a Reagan fan, this is a Must Read.
But more important, if you don't much like politics, Reagan, or the '80's, it is a delightful and valuable surprise. It flows. It fills in the gaps. And finally peeking inside the reality -- is fun.
Deaver's own story is also moving and instructive. Even men of great integrity can have lapses in judgement. It takes true courage and dignity to address his own issues the way Deaver does in this book.
God Bless Michael Deaver and Ronald & Nancy Reagan.
This is a fantastic book. Regardless of whether you agreed with Reagan's policies or not - Deaver was in the inner circle. He had solo meetings with Reagan from 1966 - 1986. He had a close relationship with Nancy Reagan. He was a student of people. And... he ended up moving from skeptic to admirer. If you're looking for Reagan's flaws - you'll get a few - but not much. If you're looking for his virtues - you'll get quite a bit.
This is simply a great book that has been written about how Reagan operated and how he was successful in getting things done.
Reagan was known as The Great Communicator. His supporters loved it. His detractors hated it. Deaver gives great insight into how he learned his craft. There are a lot of tips if you want to learn to communicate your ideas better. People think it was natural. Au contraire, Reagan worked at it. He honed his skills for years.
Other tidbits - we really get a sense for where Reagan would compromise, and where he'd stand firm. For his top priorities, he wouldn't give an inch usually, but to get there - he'd give on stuff that wasn't as important to him. It may have taken him a while - but he was patient - and was a master at negotiating to get what was most important to him - and leaving the opponent (usually) a way to save face.
Reagan spent a ton of time reading, writing, listening - far more than we were led to believe when he was president. Turns out he was very self-taught. He reached out to a wide variety of experts - and when it came to decisions, marched to "a different drummer". He'd stay the course even if no one else came around. Usually he'd made up his mind that he was headed the right way - and people just needed time to hear his message to come to the same conclusion.
We learn that he treated everyone equally from the janitor to Gorbachev.
You don't need to be a Reagan conservative to appreciate his strengths. And yes, he had weaknesses. Yet... I'm a believer in learning from people's strengths and applying them where it makes sense to better myself.
While the book does give the reader insight to Reagan on a more personal level, which readers will appreciate and enjoy, it is poorly written with no sense of organization.
Reagan deserves better from his "friends".
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