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Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography Unknown Binding – January 1, 1991

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Simon&Schuster; 1St Edition edition (January 1, 1991)
  • ASIN: B003GRPV8K
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,460,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This is a well written and researched book. The first page of chapter 1 shows a copy of Nancy Reagan's birth certificate. The caption reads: "Two entries on Nancy Reagan's birth certificate are accurate -- her sex and her color". That will give you an idea of the tone of this very revealing biography of a very odious (in my opinion) woman. A book worth reading.
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This was a great read: full of detail and gossip. It's especially interesting to read this book now after all the "did Reagan have Alzheimers in the White House" controversy from a few years ago.
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Awesome book! The detailed life of this revered old harridan was totally spot on. What an odd moment in U.S. history when she was running the country through good old two-gun Ronnie! Fits well with all the continuing revelations about his term as J. Edgar Hoover's lapdog while he spied on the film community for the House Un-American Committee. Amazed by the duplicity of Her Nanciness, the amount of money she coaxed out of both the government in California and nationally!
Great read; a surprise on every page!
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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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