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

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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In I Love You, Ronnie, Nancy Reagan offers an epistolary look at the Ronald Reagan she shared her life with, the affectionate, romantic, devoted man who won her heart. Here are missives that span the couple's time together, from the early 1950s, when Reagan was the star of television's General Electric Theatre, to the years he served as governor of California, his two terms in the White House, and beyond. It's a loving portrait that will warm many a heart.
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“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.
From The Critics
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375760518
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/26/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 297,692
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2003

    TRUE LOVE!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2001

    MORAL ROLE MODELS 'THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY'

    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!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Ronnie loves it

    My name is .............ronnie and i get this true love story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    True Love

    What A Beauitful Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2010

    Touching Love Story

    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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  • Posted October 19, 2008

    An Inspiring, Encouraging, Romantic, & Courageous Profile of A GREAT President & Man

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    historical letters

    '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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004

    A great romantic book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2004

    Unbelievable

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2004

    True love

    I finished reading the book within a couple of hours, can't take myself away from it. The book captures what we are lacking in our society - true love, the bond should be share between husband and wife. I was deeply touched by the words of Reagans, each words are stained by a very strong love and respect for each other

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    Touching Insiders Look at the Reagans

    Former First Lady, Nancy Reagan, shares the most private thoughts and feelings between her and 'Ronnie'. The reader gets a first hand look at the man Nancy married. His love for his wife, his frustrations at times, and his great sense of humor. I read it all in one sitting......GREAT BOOK!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    I love this book

    This is one of the best books I have read in awhile. I read the whole book within a couple of hours, I couldn't put it down. It was great to be able to read about the man Nancy knows. He is such a remarkable man. Their life together is a true love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2001

    A Moving Love Story

    Ronald Reagan has been my hero since the sixth grade. A President who could be respected! When I saw this book I bought it for my mom to read and gave it to her for Christmas. After looking at the forward and crying I bought myself one and read it in two nights. It truly is a love story and allows anyone who reads it to see another side to the man who was so admired. It is nice to know - having read his own words - that the romance we saw everytime they were shown together was real and lasting and not just some staged act. I am very grateful to Mrs. Reagan for allowing those of us who want to know more about the man to read these letters. I know it was a mixture of pleasure and pain for her to write, but as she noted in her forward she wanted everyone to have an opportunity to read these and once they are put in the archives at the Reagan Library very few will get the chance. What a great legacy he leaves. I cried at the beginning, laughed in the middle, and cried at the end. I definitely recommend investing in this book as a keepsake if nothing else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2001

    I can't wait

    I was actually looking for a book on how to write love letters, when I saw this book. After reading all the reviews- I am already in tears and I have never seen the book. I was growing up as Regan was in office- so he is really the first president I remember. I will be going out tonight to buy this book. I've always heard about the truelove between Nancy and Ronnie. I am so glad she decided to share her story. I can't wait to read it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2000

    A True Man

    This book first caught my attention on the shelves of the book store. As I stood there and read a few pages all I could do was laugh and cry. I knew that if a book was poweful enough to make me cry in the middle of the store then I had to have it. I remember Ronald Reagan as President when I was a little girl and when the office of the President meant honor, dignity, and respect, all things that recently we have been severely lacking. This book reminds us that good people do exist and gives us a hope that we too can find the kind of love that Ronald and Nancy shared.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    The Ultimate Secret Weapon...

    My fellow Y-chromozones: Afraid to bear your soul to that special someone? Scared of showing your true emotions because you're afraid it will emit weakness? Hmmm? Mr. Reagan proved that it takes quite the individual to become the President of the United States of America. It's a one-in-a-million kind of job. And, although his decisions from the oval office were constantly affecting billions of people around the world, his love notes have proven that his heart has always belonged to one. The only one that should matter, his wife. You don't have to read between the lines to understand that if push came to shove, Mr. Reagan was prepared to give up the most powerful position in the world for the love of Nancy at any given moment. Guys,... buy the book, store it in the tool box, cry in the garage if you have to but, for goodness sake's, start loving the 'Mrs.' like Ronnie loved Nancy. Overall picture: It makes for a stronger family unit, better neighborhoods, livable cities and one great nation. A tip of the hat from Texas, Mr. Reagan. God Bless. Oh yeah, by the way, Lee-Ann, I love you and thanks for our beautiful son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    Haven't read, but definetly will!

    I was reading People magazine when I came to their Books bonus section. It was called 'Dearest Nancy Pants' and it had some letters and comments that are from the book. Let me just say that after reading that little sction I know I have to get this book. As soon as I get a chance I will run out to Barnes and Noble and get it. I am a romatic and it seems like a true romance story to be remember.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    A Great Romance

    It is touching to see a man who is so open with his soul. A true romantic and a role model for many men.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2000

    We Love You Too Mr. Reagan

    the letters are sincere and show a side of the Reagans that our United States could not have imagined during Reaganomics! He was an inspiration during a hard Cold War! I truly believe that he was the leading factor that helped our economy boost. It is a true shame that he suffers from a disease that cripples the mind and memory. I would like for my children to hear some grandfather stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2000

    My Wish

    Is it possible for a man to love and adore a woman so deeply that he would bear his soul to her on an occasion? Holding back nothing. What a kind and gentle man. I wish everyone could share that kind of love for another, even if for just a single moment. It would be enough to last a lifetime. I loved it!!!

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