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What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era Paperback – October 14, 2003
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- Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (October 14, 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0812969898
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812969894
- Item Weight : 10.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #86,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not a bad book. Loosely organized chronologically and by general topic. I think Noonan's starting background at CBS with Dan Rather then heading into the Reagan White House was an interesting path. She writes in a sometimes choppy and maybe abbreviated style.
I enjoyed some of the smaller observations she made about her environment and others:
- Used Executive Office Building furniture. It seems the junior staffer always gets the cruddy old used stuff. This got mentioned several times.
- Several senior WH staffers get some defining observations (good and bad).
- As an up and coming woman, she seemed to be an odd duck in the male dominated staff at the WH in the mid-80's.
- The nut roll of staffing out a major draft speech was the epitome of bureaucracy.
- Though she was not at the WH when Iran-Contra unfolded, her impressions of Oliver North when she first came across him were interesting to read.
As I continue to see Noonan on TV political roundtables during this current election season, this book helps to paint a picture of her background and to appreciate where she comes from with her commentary.
Something different. I would recommend the book for those with any political interest.
to make it complicated. In recent years I've gone to other sites that post the columns a week or two later. That's fine, it's not
about the 24 hour news cycle of current events, it's a deeper and broader level of reflection. Critics call it "free association"
but isn't that what our minds do much of the time when we're not consciously making an effort to concentrate?
This book is very useful for young devotees of Peggy and Ron who were too young to really know what was going on during
those years. It's a pretty good education just to hear the names that she drops and in what context. For Catholic thinkers
like myself, it's interesting to see how Richard Neuhaus (who was a Lutheran until 1990 I think) and Michael Novak were
key members of the intelligentsia. Pat Buchanan, "the Pat Buchahan?" (says Peggy when she found out he's the new boss)
was there. Best of all, Peggy wanted to work for the White House so she asked JOE SOBRAN. By 1999 when I encountered
his work, Joe Sobran was literally the furthest thing from a White House insider. But he was working for CBS Radio at the
time, and Peggy was working for CBS. She seems to suggest that many of the criticisms of Dan Rather and the atmosphere
at CBS are largely correct, but she is personally loyal to them. I think there's some value in that old fashioned virtue. Ironically,
Peggy's spunky jabs are similar to those of Sarah Palin in "Going Rogue", as the Don Regans, Steve Schmidts and Nicole Wallaces
can cramp the style of a talented and original person. One thing I like is that Peggy Noonan is always distinctly feminine, and
yet she has never claimed "this is the woman's perspective". It is a woman's perspective, and if you listen to it it should be
because you like it, agree with it, resonate with it and find it edifying.
I listened to the Audible recording (from audible,com via [...]), which I believe is her reading her own book. It adds a lot to have her read it. But ... audible.com does not bother to identify the reader. It sounds like Audible recorded their version from a $19 cassette recorder, using a $[...] microphone. You have to turn it up all the way and it's still muffled. It's criminal.
I finished the book in a day, every minute a pleasure. Thanks, so much, Peggy Noonan.