- 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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Nancy Reagan: The Unauthorized Biography Unknown Binding – January 1, 1991
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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.
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?Read more ›
Great read; a surprise on every page!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very long but never boring biography of Nancy Reagan. It follows her from her birth to the White House as the First Lady. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wayne M. Malin
I brought this product used as a gift for someone who was interested in the autobiography of Nancy Reagan. Read morePublished 5 months ago by T. Wms.
Seems well researched and was interesting. Can't believe everything you read, of course. It is fairly negative toward Mrs. Reagan and others at times.Published 8 months ago by Deborah S. Johnson
I read this unauthorized biography of Nancy Reagan in 1988 and it confirmed everything I had always suspected about her from the beginning. Read morePublished 15 months ago by LeaJacqueline23
I got very tired and annoyed reading this book. Kitty Kelley is an excellent author but Nancy Reagan was annoying to read about so never finished the book.Published 15 months ago by GL
Nancy Reagan:The Unauthorized Biography by Kitty Kelley is a wild read. You find out more about Nancy that you never knew. Fans of Nancy may be suprised. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer