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The Reagan Diaries Paperback – May 12, 2009
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I have also come to realize how humble a man he really was. For example he seemed shocked that whenever he went someplace (even if just for a short trip in D.C.) there was a change of clothes waiting for him. He was also amazed that when one of his children was on TV one evening the staff video taped it for him.
The most enjoyable entries to read are the ones where he talks about simple things like setting his clocks ahead in the sping, or riding a horse at Quantico.
There are also more serious entries where he writes about the Russians and his hopes for peace in the middle east.
The amazing thing is because this is a personal diary, it was never intended to be published. You get (I feel) the real thought and feelings of one of our greatest Presidents.
One reviewer gave this book only one star and his review is less a review of the book and more an attack on the former President. I do not think you need to be conservative to enjoy this book. You just need to want to see the daily thoughts of the man.
Here is a scattering of comments this reader mentally asterisked:
-- As early as March 19, 1981, Reagan already worries about Secretary of State Alexander Haig: "Al told me he felt he was being undercut by other agencies etc. I worry he has something of a complex about this."
-- When the air traffic controllers struck, Reagan notes he gave them "48 hrs. in which to return & if they don't they are separated from the service." He reminded them of their oath "'that he or she will not strike against the U.S. govt. or any of its agencies.'"
-- Referring to the memorial services for the American troops killed in the Lebanon suicide bombing, Reagan writes on Friday, November 4, 1983: "One little boy, 8 or 9, politely handed me a manila folder saying it was something he'd written about his father. Later when I read it I found it was a poem entitled 'Loneliness.'"
-- During his April '84 trip to China, Reagan comments on his meeting with Deng Xiaoping: "...he really waded in critical of our mid-east policy, our treatment of the developing nations etc. & our disarmament failure. He touched a nerve -- when it was my turn I corrected him with facts and figures & I meant it.Read more ›
Anyone interested in American history; the US Presidency; the life or Reagan or how modern power politics will benefit for the hours it takes to read these many pages (the book is 700 pages). The diaries have been edited by noted historian Douglas Brinkley of the University of New Orleans. A later two volume edition of the unedited diaries is planned for the future. Brinkly gives concise notes on all the activites Reagan enaged in on a particular day. He has done an excellent job in his editing work. He did so with the cooperation of Nancy and the Reagan family.
In my perusing of these diaries my estimation of Ronald Wilson as a patriotic American seeking to do the best for his nation and freedom has risen several notches on the Richter scale! Reagan will be known for such historical benchmarks as:
1. Reaching detene with the Soviets and standing up to Soviet negotiators. He handled Gorbachev with strength and dignity. His foreign policy with the Soviets will live forever in American memory.
2. In the last few years of his second term Reagan got into deep trouble over the Iran-Contra snafu.
3. Reagan sought to lower taxes and raise the profile of the military. During his term their was the invasion of Granada; the murder of the Marines in Lebanon and continuing conflict in the Middle East.Read more ›
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An interesting narrative which captures the political era of the 1980''s. It's such a pleasure to read.Published 7 days ago by Kiki Stamatiou
I love the book, but it even though I bought it new, it had creases and tears on the front cover when I got it. It also had some folds in the pages.Published 1 month ago by CSH
I purchased this book as a gift for my mother on mother's day. The hardcover edition is beautifully bound, and would make a great edition to any reader's shelf. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book depicted who I believe is the real Ronald Reagan. He was smart, compassionate, tough when needed and he read people very well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Georgia L Sallows
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I couldn't put it downPublished 3 months ago by LLP
It was a gift for my husband and he absolutely loved it! Truly a collector's item.Published 3 months ago by Iboo