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Riding with Reagan: From the White House to the Ranch Paperback – February 1, 2006
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About the Author
Rochelle Schweizer is the author is an intimate portrait of one of the most popular presidents in our nation's history. Author John R. Barletta, an army veteran and Secret Service agent with superior riding skills, was the perfect choice to protect Reagan--and he spent over a decade doing just that. Riding with Reagan is a stirring ode to friendship, brotherhood, and the great outdoors. It celebrates a true hero whose life and spirit are the embodiment of what it means to be an American.
Top Customer Reviews
The book itself is well written. The insights into a very famous man are unexpected, and reveal facets of the man that were a big surprise to me.
I think this book would be interesting to almost everyone.
One revealing early moment came, at the inauguration, when Jimmy Carter's wife was astonished that Nancy Reagan knew the Secret Service man's first name !
Mr. Barletta, his Secret Service agent (who luckily happened also to be an expert horseman and got the job of Riding With Reagan) shows his feelings for Reagan the human being over and above his job of protecting the President of the United States. Additionally, it shows that President Reagan truly cared about those around him. Reagan admired character above everything, I believe, and Mr. Barletta obviously supplied that in abundant amounts. His details of how Reagan thought and reacted to various events, of Reagan's loving relationship with his wife Nancy, and about how he obviously cared about those who served him are written in a touching and unforgettable way.
I am only sorry that it was such a fast read; I wish it had been twice as long. I know it will be a book I will pick up again, and if I have only one thing to say to Mr. Barletta, it would be "Thank you, Mr. Barletta, for taking care of President Reagan, and for caring about him as a person, rather than as an assignment. You're a lucky man to have had the opportunity, and the world is lucky for such men as you who do their jobs to the best of their ability."
In short: If you are a fan of President Reagan, this is an indispensable addition to your library. Even if you have just a passing interest in this man, the book will touch your heart.
The only thing I didn't like about this book is that I finished it too soon. Reagan fans will love this one. A must read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful book about a wonderful man, written by his secret service riding companion. If you thought you knew President Reagan before, now you'll know him even better. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Snowfiregal
Outstanding. Memoirs of someone very close to Reagan. Enjoyable to horse people ( and non horse people) Gave close insight to Reagan. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Diane Simoncini
One of the greatest books I ever read! The author succeeded to describe characters and events in a simple human way. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. Irina
For those who are "horse people" it will come as a surprise to know how accomplished he was on horseback. For those on either side of the political question, you will see the man.Published 4 months ago by horsecrazy
Totally enjoyable read. John's experience with the President and Mrs Reagan span a decade and tells a story if this amazing couple no new media ever knew. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robin McFadden
Bought this at the Reagan Library, one of the best non fiction books I've read. Full of stories, I was constantly telling people things from the book! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sandy