- Hardcover: 784 pages
- Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (May 22, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006087600X
- ISBN-13: 978-1616795580
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
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The diaries our 40th president kept while in office—edited and abridged by historian Brinkley (The Great Deluge)—are largely a straightforward political chronicle. Reagan describes meetings with heads of state and antiabortion leaders, reflects on legislative strategy and worries about leaks to the press. He often used his diary to vigorously defend his polices: for example, after a 1984 visit with South African archbishop Desmond Tutu (whom Reagan calls "naïve"), the president explained why his approach to apartheid—"quiet diplomacy"—was preferable to sanctions. Reagan sometimes seems uncomfortable with dissent, as when he is irked by a high school student who presents a petition advocating a nuclear freeze. And he often sees the media as a "lynch mob," trying to drum up scandal where there is none. Reagan's geniality shines through in his more quotidian comments: he muses regularly about how much he appreciates Nancy, and his complaints about hating Monday mornings make him seem quite like everyone else. Brinkley doesn't weigh down the text with extensive annotation; this makes for smooth reading, but those who don't remember the major political events of the 1980s will want to refer to the glossary of names. Reagan's diaries are revealing, and Brinkley has done historians and the broad public a great service by editing them for publication. (May 22)
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Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States.
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Reagan took office after a defeated Carter. Reagan was determined to get America working again. He stormed into the White House determined to fight the Communists, broaden American power overseas and to keep democracy strong. These ambitions are evident in his diaries. What is also evident is his love for Nancy, whom he often called "Mamie." His lack of affection for his own children is also evident, especially his falling-out with son Ron.
What is also evident in this production is how focused Reagan was with foreign policies. He seemed little interested in domestic affairs except for three things: Farmers, AIDs and Fighting Drugs. With all the domestic issues we had in the 1980s, it seems almost laughable to focus so much on drugs when AIDS and other pandemics were killing people around the world. Reagan struggled with "those Democrats" and often quarreled with the media (so did Carter) and seemed so convinced he was right and others were wrong.
What he did not reveal much in was Nancy and her struggles as a mean First Lady. He also comes across as naive (or purposefully ambiguous) about the Iran-Contra affair. Perhaps because the issue is still highly classified.
I bought the audio CD book for a long roadtrip this past Christmas and it took me three days and 1600 miles to finish this book. And this didn't include the final CD of Reagan's speeches in his own voice.
This could easily have been a five-star production but I had to dock off a star for the narrator. Eric Conder just isn't very convincing as a Reagan. His monotone voice lacks all the gusto Reagan had about life and love. Also, the box is flimsily constructed and the CDs scratch very easily.
Nonetheless this is a must for all presidential buffs. Perhaps the book is easier to read. I am only reviewing the audio collection.
The Reagan Diaries is a really intimate, personal look into Reagan's eight years as president of the United States. We get to see, in his own words, what his daily life as president was like, including how he felt about certain issues.
If you want to learn more about Reagan's life and political career, then The Reagan Diaries is an essential part of your book collection.
The biggest downside is that the editor (and the author [Reagan] as well), doesn't elaborate on what Reagan is saying, so if you're like me and you were young during the events of the early 1980's, you'll have a hard time matching what was written with what was happening in the world at the time.