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on June 4, 2016
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. My mother, who is fond of history, reading, and of course Ronald Reagan, has enjoyed sifting through the book. I personally find it would be difficult to read straight through the entire book, as some of Reagan's entrees are quite mundane. Despite this, I think readers will find some words of wisdom and may gain insight into the office of president.The part I most enjoyed while looking through the book are the pictures that capture the most memorable moments of Reagan's presidency. The only complaint I have is the packaging the book arrived in. It was simply covered in a cardboard sort of wrap, resulting in a small scuff on the bottom corner when I received it.
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Audiobooks are harder to review than the books they are based on because narrator, production and editing all play an importance in the final product. I did not read the book. I only listened to this audio version after listening to Carter's White House Diaries. Both this and the Carter version are excellent samples of the men and presidents they were.

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.
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on April 4, 2013
Part of the charm of The Regan Diaries is his writing style. This is a very personal look into the White House and how Reagan was personally affected by his two terms. He is honest and you will be charmed by that. He is humble and caring and respectful of the trust placed in him by the American people. His honesty will make you think and smile and sometimes look away to consider what you just read. This is a different kind of autobiography because you will follow him day by day and not so much as chapter by chapter. Regardless of your personal politics you will enjoy feeling as though you are watching Ronald Reagan's journey as president.
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VINE VOICEon May 4, 2015
I've read Reagan's autobiography and Reagan: The Life, but it all started when I saw a paperback copy of The Reagan Diaries in the bargain bin at a book store. The Reagan Diaries aren't something you read through from start to finish, but I pick it up often and just read a few pages. Or I might want to know about a specific entry and flip to that page.

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.
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on April 3, 2013
Reading anyone's diary is like peeking into their life and their innermost secrets. Imagine reading the diary of a U.S. President. After reading this book, one feels like one actually knows Ronald Reagan. No matter the political persuasion, everyone will enjoy reading this diary. President Reagan has a diary entry for every day of his eight-year presidency. There are entries that gives one the inside behind the scenes stories on some of the most fascinating moments in history (USSR, Contras, etc.). And, there are entries that show the humorous side of Ronald Reagan. One recurring theme in these diaries is Ronald Reagan's undying love for his wife Nancy. It comes through in almost every entry. It shows that Ronald Reagan had old fashioned and refreshing values. We will not see the likes of him again. I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down.
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on January 5, 2017
Great Book
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on February 29, 2016
This is a book where 99.9% of the words are directly from Reagan himself, so there is no political slant beyond his own. Whether you love him or hate him, you'll find what you're looking for here.

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.
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on August 19, 2016
Excellent snapshot of world and national events which occured during Reagan's presidency. Also fascinating to see daily life of a president while in office.
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on January 20, 2014
I'm not much of a nonfiction reader, but this VERY long account of the eight year Reagan presidency from Reagan's own daily diary (albeit edited for the book) was extremely interesting! Having lived through those years, I remembered many of the events written about in Reagan's diary. Also, Reagan's impending Alzheimer's seems to be apparent in a couple of situations. (Of course, 20/20 hindsight is helpful.)

I'm sure this book would be more interesting to fans of the Reagan presidency than to the opposition, but nevertheless it is a revealing look into one of the most successful presidencies in my lifetime.
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on March 11, 2012
When you begin to read the diary, you sense Reagan was a little unsure as to what the diary should say or not say, but as he warms up, so does the diary and the humble greatness of man. Whether you agreed with his politics or not, he stands in stark contrast to what we have today, a president who can't accept responsibility, can't make a decision, can't tell the truth. A president who cares only about re-election and would throw the nation under the bus to get re-elected. It is possible this country has seen its last great president and it is possible the sitting president will bring the country to a depth from which it cannot recover. The Reagan Diaries show how a real man can be president and make decisions that take courage.
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