Greatest Communicator: What Ronald Reagan Taught Me About Politics, Leadership, and Life

Greatest Communicator: What Ronald Reagan Taught Me About Politics, Leadership, and Life

by Dick Wirthlin
     
 

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"The Reagan presidency had many participants and has had many biographers. Dick Wirthlin has earned his place among the best of them. . . . Extremely readable, nicely told."
—The Washington Times

"For twenty years, Ronald Reagan relied upon Dick Wirthlin as his pollster, chief political strategist, and, increasingly,

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Acclaim for The Greatest Communicator

"The Reagan presidency had many participants and has had many biographers. Dick Wirthlin has earned his place among the best of them. . . . Extremely readable, nicely told."
—The Washington Times

"For twenty years, Ronald Reagan relied upon Dick Wirthlin as his pollster, chief political strategist, and, increasingly, as his trusted friend. Dick has waited until now to tell the inside story, but the wait has been more than worth it."
—David Gergen

"A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the inner workings of President Reagan's ability to communicate—and how he accomplished so much."
—Edwin Meese

"Dick Wirthlin was there at the beginning of the Ronald Reagan prairie fire that began with the speech for Barry Goldwater in 1964 and spread across the nation with the election to the presidency in 1980. . . . His recollections are a valuable part of the real history of the Reagan revolution."
—Michael Deaver

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* “…original and highly accessible…this book from Dick Wirthlin is not to be missed.” (Yorkshire Post magazine, 19th March, 2005)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471736486
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
08/12/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.64(d)

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Michael Deaver
Dick Wirthlin was there at the beginning of the Ronald Reagan prairie fire that began with the speech for Barry Goldwater in 1964 and spread across the Nation with the election to the Presidency in 1980. Dick was a member of the Reagan strategic team and his recollections are a valuable part of the real history of the Reagan revolution.
—(Michael Deaver, political advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to Ronald Reagan and author of A Different Drummer: My Thirty Years With Ronald Reagan)
Lyn Nofziger
A lot of people claim to have been in Reagan's inner circle; Dick Wirthlin truly was.  As his chief political strategist and pollster, no one understood Reagan's ability to communicate better than Dick.  The Greatest Communicator is must reading for anyone who admired President Reagan.
From the Publisher
"No one understood Ronald Reagan's ability to communicate better than Dick Wirthlin.  In The Greatest Communicato, Dick offers us a window into the secrets of Reagan's success, and he does so with a level of intimacy and grace that only comes from someone who was there from the beginning to see it from the inside."
—James Carville

"No one knew and understood Ronald Reagan the leader better than Dick Wirthlin.  And no one explained so well the core of Reagan's leadership, what Wirthlin calls his ability 'to change lives and the world with words."  The Greatest Communicatoris a smart and insightful book, indispensable to understanding Reagan."
—Fred Barnes, executive editor, The Weekly Standard,and co-host, "The Beltway Boys," FOX News

"For twenty years, through two victorious elections to the White House, Ronald Reagan relied upon Dick Wirthlin as his pollster, chief political strategist, and increasingly, as his trusted friend. Dick has waited until now to tell the inside story, but the wait has been more than worth it. A scholar, a gentleman and one of the country's best political analysts, Dick has written a warm, illuminating story that helps us all understand why America remains so drawn to Reagan."
—David Gergen

"A lot of people claim to have been in Reagan's inner circle; Dick Wirthlin truly was.  As his chief political strategist and pollster, no one understood Reagan's ability to communicate better than Dick.  The Greatest Communicator is must reading for anyone who admired President Reagan."
—Lyn Nofziger

"Dick Wirthlin was one of the few individuals who was with Ronald Reagan from the very beginning.  In The Greatest Communicator, it becomes clear why Reagan kept Wirthlin at his side all those years.  The book is a must r ead for anyone who wants to understand the inner workings of President Reagan's ability to communicate--and how he accomplished so much."
—Edwin Meese

"Dick Wirthlin was there at the beginning of the Ronald Reagan prairie fire that began with the speech for Barry Goldwater in 1964 and spread across the Nation with the election to the Presidency in 1980. Dick was a member of the Reagan strategic team and his recollections are a valuable part of the real history of the Reagan revolution."
—Michael Deaver, political advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to Ronald Reagan and author of A Different Drummer: My Thirty Years With Ronald Reagan

"Was anybody more important to the Reagan Revolution than Dick Wirthlin? Like Reagan himself, Dick Wirthlin was a man of personal gentleness and goodness who was also insightful, wise and talented. The president trusted him, in fact, thought the world of him. As did so many of us who worked with him on three presidential campaigns and in the White House years. He has quite a story to tell."
—Tony Dolan, chief speechwriter, Deputy Assistant to President Reagan, and author of the "Evil Empire" speech

"Richard Wirthlin, the wizard of polling, pulls back the curtain and provides an intimate look at the extraordinary relationship between President Reagan and his pollster. This book is a political junkie's delight and a staple for any communications course." —Peter D. Hart, public opinion analyst

David Gergen
For twenty years, through two victorious elections to the White House, Ronald Reagan relied upon Dick Wirthlin as his pollster, chief political strategist, and increasingly, as his trusted friend. Dick has waited until now to tell the inside story, but the wait has been more than worth it. A scholar, a gentleman and one of the country's best political analysts, Dick has written a warm, illuminating story that helps us all understand why America remains so drawn to Reagan.
Tony Dolan
Was anybody more important to the Reagan Revolution than Dick Wirthlin? Like Reagan himself, Dick Wirthlin was a man of personal gentleness and goodness who was also insightful, wise and talented. The president trusted him, in fact, thought the world of him. As did so many of us who worked with him on three presidential campaigns and in the White House years. He has quite a story to tell.
—(Tony Dolan, chief speechwriter, Deputy Assistant to President Reagan, and author of the Evil Empire Speech)
Edwin Meese
Dick Wirthlin was one of the few individuals who was with Ronald Reagan from the very beginning.  In The Greatest Communicator, it becomes clear why Reagan kept Wirthlin at his side all those years. The book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the inner workings of President Reagan's ability to communicate--and how he accomplished so much.

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