I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan

I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan

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by Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan
     
 

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No matter what else was going on in his life or where he was—traveling to make movies, at the White House, or sometimes just across the room—Ronald Reagan wrote letters to Nancy Reagan, to express his love, thoughts, and feelings, and to stay in touch. Through these extraordinary letters and reflections, the private character and life of an American

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No matter what else was going on in his life or where he was—traveling to make movies, at the White House, or sometimes just across the room—Ronald Reagan wrote letters to Nancy Reagan, to express his love, thoughts, and feelings, and to stay in touch. Through these extraordinary letters and reflections, the private character and life of an American president and his first lady are revealed. Nancy Reagan reflects with love and insight on the letters, on her husband, and on the many phases of their life together. A love story spanning half a century and the private life of this classic American couple come vividly alive in this rare and inspiring book.

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From the Publisher
“I love you, Ronnie...will move, charm, and cheer...revealing Reagan the man.”
—The Washington Post
Washington Post
I Love You, Ronnie...will move, charm and cheer...the letters are models of the genre...revealing Reagan the man.
USA Today
A love story for all ages.
Leo Burmester and Allison Daugherty read this unabridged collection of the letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy, written from the 1950s when they met up through the 1990s. The dual reading brings these letters alive and paints an intimate autobiographical portrait of the two.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375760518
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/26/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
162,550
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.93(h) x 0.50(d)

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Feb. 14,1977

Dear St. Valentine,

I'm writing to you about a beautiful young lady who has been in this household for 25 years now—come March 4.

I have a request to make of you but before doing so feel you should know more about her. For one thing she has 2 hearts—her own and mine. I'm not complaining. I gave her mine willingingly, and like it right where it is. Her name is Nancy but for some time now I've called her Mommie and don't believe I could change.

My request of you is—could you on this day whisper in her ear that someone loves her ver much and more and more each day? Also tell her, this "Someone" would run down like a dollar clock without her so she must always stay where she is.

Then tell her if she wants to know who that "Someone" is to just turn her head to the left. I'll be across the room waiting to see if you told her. If you'll do this for me, I'll be very happy knowing that she knows I love her with all my heart.

Thank you,
"Someone"
Dear Mrs. Reagan

And you are Mrs. Reagan because Mr. Reagan loves you with all his heart. Every time Mr. Reagan sees the evening star or blows out the birthday candles or gets the big end of the wishbone he thinks the same wish—a prayer really—that so much happiness will go on and somehow be deserved by him.

It is true sometimes that Mr. Reagan loses his temper and slams a door but that's because he can't cry or stamp his foot—(he isn't really the type.) But mad or glad Mr. Reagan is head over heels in love with Mrs. Reagan and can't even imagine a world without her—

He loves her

        Mr. Reagan
Dear Wife,

A few days ago you told me I was angry with you. I tried to explain I was frustrated with myself. But later on I realized that my frustration might have been a touch of self-pity because I'd been going around feeling that you are frequently angry with me.

No more. We are so much "one" that you are as vital to me as my own heart—with one exception; you could never be replaced with a transplant.

Whatever I treasure and enjoy—this home, our ranch, the sight of the sea—all would be without meaning if I didn't have you. I live in a permanent Christmas because God gave me you. As I write this, you are hurrying by—back and forth doing those things only you can do and I get a feeling of warm happiness just watching you. That's why I can't pass you or let you pass me without reaching to touch you. (Except now or you would see what I'm doing.)

I'll write no more because I'm going to catch up with you wherever you are and hold you for a moment.

Merry Christmas Darling—I love you with all my heart.

Your Husband

Dear Mrs. Reagan,

Your loving, faithful devotion has been observed these 19 (some say 20) years. There are no words to describe the happiness you have brought to the Gov. It is no secret that he is the most married man in the world and would be totally lost and desolate without you.        It seemed to me you should know this and be aware of how essential you are in this man's life. By his own admission, he is completely in love with you and happier than even a Gov. deserves.

With Love & Appreciation

        —Your In Luv Guv.

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Meet the Author

Ronald and Nancy Reagan were America's president and first lady from 1981 to 1989.

Nancy Reagan was born in New York, was raised in Chicago, and attended Smith College. During the summers before graduation, she worked in summer-stock theater productions. In New York, she appeared on Broadway, including in Lute Song with Mary Martin. She was signed by MGM, and she made eight motion pictures for the studio before leaving to marry Ronald Reagan. She is the author of a memoir, My Turn.

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I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have purchased 2 copies of this book. I bought the paperback first as a gift for the man in my life. He loves the book and frequently reads to me from it! I then purchased the hardcover addition to have in our libray, since it is one of our favorite reads. Every couple should have it and read it often......TRUE LOVE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gosh wasn't it wonderful when we had a 'President and First Lady' representing our country who were/are moral role models for the younger generation??? I want to read the Love Letters Bill wrote Hilary, or would that be Monica Lewinsky? No, Jennifer Flowers, or Barbara Streisand???? This book captures the true essence of the type of people the Reagans are. It reminds us that despite the moral decline of todays society, there is still true/pure love to have faith in. The Reagans is a real love story. Nancys devotion and strength through these past difficult years shines through in this touching tribute to a great man!!!!
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My name is .............ronnie and i get this true love story
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What A Beauitful Book
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I have always been a Ronald Reagan fan, and to read the story of the great love he had for his wife Nancy deeply touched my heart. This is just a fun read.
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FLReister More than 1 year ago
I have always loved and admired President Reagan, and this collection of letters gives a glimpse into his depth of character as a man of love and honor, and allows us to get a sense of his intense love for his wife Nancy. I do not believe it is possible to read this book and not be touched by his sincerity, and sensitivity, or to walk away without a strong love and respect for this great man and great president. The book is very readable. I strongly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'I love you ronnie' is a very special collection that first lady nancy reagan put together of her years with ronald reagan from his being sworn in as being the governor of california to the president of the us. 90% of these are special and very meaningful love letters and cards between the president and the first lady and the rest of the letters are fasinating corespondence that the great communicator kept with certain world leaders. what makes this book special is the reagans didnt have a computer and wrote daily and didnt have e mails at this time so this makes a very historical document and a real treasure to read and enjoy and get to know the reagans alittle better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. If you are fond of romantic books you will want to read this book. The book includes letters Ronald Reagan wrote to his wife, Nancy, and about their life during their movie careers, Ronald's terms of office as governor of California and becoming President, and when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Ronald and Nancy shared a rare love in their relationship, they loved each other very deeply. If you are interested in Ronald Reagan or Nancy Reagan this book is perfect for you because it tells all about their relationship together and a side of Ronald only his loved ones knew about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had this book read in a few hours. Aside from how amazingly romantic and loving he was towards Nancy, it left me with the impression of, this is why he was such a great president. He knew how to be an amazing father and husband first, and Nancy was always first in his life. I dont know if there has ever been a woman more loved by a man that Nancy Reagan, and even looking at her now, she wears that love vibrantly.