The Notes: Ronald Reagan's Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom [NOOK Book]

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Collected by the Ronald Reagan Foundation, The Notes is a fascinating window into the mind of our fortieth president. While the #1 New York Times bestselling Reagan Diaries detailed daily life inside the Oval Office, The Notes encapsulates a lifetime of reflections on work, marriage, and family. Classic one-liners such as "Flattery is what makes husbands out of bachelors" and "Money may not buy friends, but it will help you to stay in contact with your children" shed light on the man known as the "Great ...

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Overview

Collected by the Ronald Reagan Foundation, The Notes is a fascinating window into the mind of our fortieth president. While the #1 New York Times bestselling Reagan Diaries detailed daily life inside the Oval Office, The Notes encapsulates a lifetime of reflections on work, marriage, and family. Classic one-liners such as "Flattery is what makes husbands out of bachelors" and "Money may not buy friends, but it will help you to stay in contact with your children" shed light on the man known as the "Great Communicator," and a sampling of Reagan's favorite speeches, poems, and passages from literature reveal the writers and thinkers he turned to time and again for advice, inspiration, humor, and hope.

Historic, illuminating, and deeply captivating, The Notes is a remarkable collection of the thoughts of one of our most beloved presidents.

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That Ronald Reagan was a masterful storyteller has become a commonplace, but few people realize how conscientiously he labored to work his winning ways. For decades, the genial Californian was a tireless collector of memorable stories and wisdom, collecting them in gatherings that until now have not been published. Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley brings the best of these quips and piths to Reagan's numerous admirers in this spirit-lifting collection.

Publishers Weekly
In 2010, researchers at the Reagan Library discovered a box of index cards containing jokes, literary quotes, and excerpts from speeches written in Reagan's own hand and arranged under rubrics such as "On Liberty," "On War," and "On the People." Rice University history professor Brinkley, who also edited The Reagan Diaries, suggests Reagan began collecting these as spokesman for General Electric beginning in 1954 and continuing until his death in 2004. Readers uncertain if Reagan hated taxes ("Justice O. W. Holmes: "Keep govt. poor and remain free") and communism (Pravda: the communist program is "all embracing & all bloodsoaked reality"), or if he loved God, liberty, and the Constitution (Daniel Webster: "if the const. shall fail there will be anarchy throughout the world") will find answers here. Even the jokes show a conservative bent. The squibs are from sources as far-ranging as Dale Carnegie, Solzhenitsyn, G.K. Chesterton, and even Chairman Mao (on marriage). Admirers will find plenty to admire in these jottings and nothing to change their view of Reagan, but rather confirmation of the vision they already have. 9 b&w photos. (May)
Christopher Buckley
“These notes are wonderful things. . . . Although a few recent books have proclaimed to have finally uncovered the real Reagan, there’s a chance we’ll never get any closer than in these scribbles, which reveal so much.”
The Washington Times
“This is a book to return to often and sample the collected wisdom found there that buttressed a remarkable man’s vision.”
USA Today
“The book offers a window into the mind of the nation’s 40th president and displays the effort he made behind the scenes to hone his performance as a speechmaker and storyteller driving home a conservative political philosophy.”
The American Spectator
“Now with the discovery of his note cards, we can better appreciate just how hard Reagan himself labored to be clear and convincing—and, yes, sometimes funny—to his many audiences.”
The Daily
“This volume provides an illuminating glimpse into Reagan’s mind. . . . The entries show the directness of Reagan’s thought and his uncanny ability to make a point.”
The American Spectator
“Now with the discovery of his note cards, we can better appreciate just how hard Reagan himself labored to be clear and convincing—and, yes, sometimes funny—to his many audiences.”
USA Today
“The book offers a window into the mind of the nation’s 40th president and displays the effort he made behind the scenes to hone his performance as a speechmaker and storyteller driving home a conservative political philosophy.”
The Daily
“This volume provides an illuminating glimpse into Reagan’s mind. . . . The entries show the directness of Reagan’s thought and his uncanny ability to make a point.”
The Washington Times
“This is a book to return to often and sample the collected wisdom found there that buttressed a remarkable man’s vision.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062065155
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 427,822
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Douglas Brinkley is professor of history and Baker Institute Fellow at Rice University. He is the author of numerous bestselling books including The Unfinished Presidency, The Boys of Pointe du Hoc, and The Great Deluge. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the in-house historian for CBS News, he divides his time between Austin and Houston, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

On the Nation 3

On Liberty 29

On War 57

On the People 69

On Religion 101

The World 113

On Character 123

On Political Theater 153

Humor 165

Glossary 233

Acknowledgments 254

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Clear view of the concepts that make the USA Great

    These notes clearly define the world view of the ideas and concepts that influenced the man who may have been our greatest leader in modern times.
    Concepts that are widely held by people of many different political persuasions including FDR, JFK, and many many others.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    Ronald Reagan Unplugged

    The great communicator Ronald Reagan had the gift of the one liner and knowing exactly what to say and when to say it. Even though many would argue he used this God given talent to win over his opponents in the political world, some would say he grasp his inspiration from a simpler approach.
    Douglas Brinkley has edited in his book Ronald Reagan: The Notes, Ronald Reagan’s Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom the never before private collection of the Gipper’s notes. It turns out that throughout his life, Reagan kept cards in a photo box of quips, quotes, and miscellaneous references to the greats throughout history.
    Who know that his depth of reference transitioned from left, center, and right as these gems shine off the page. This box of treasures was discovered as the Presidential Library was preparing for the centennial birthday celebration of one of America’s beloved President’s.
    This book is a treasure for any library and is an invaluable source for those who want to garner inspiration from this former President.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Read Dreaded Day at dreaded all results (it is not scary its actually funny)

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Yet another worthless sample

    Can't decide if I want to buy the book so no review comments other than advice to not waste your time with the sample. It is another example of how the publishers haven't figured out how to work in this medium yet.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    Cannot read sample

    No point in looking at the sample because it cannot be read . Most samples are just the table of contents as is this one . How is aareader supposed to glean info that is not give to them?

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