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The Notes: Ronald Reagan's Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom
     

The Notes: Ronald Reagan's Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom

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by Ronald Reagan
 

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Ronald Reagan left behind a legacy that America willnever forget. Now, in this one-of-a-kind collection of his most intimatethoughts, his favorite quotations by others, and his own most collectiblejokes, all culled from a newly disclosed set of personal notecards he keptthroughout his life and career, fans and admirers of the fortieth presidentwill find a unique

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Ronald Reagan left behind a legacy that America willnever forget. Now, in this one-of-a-kind collection of his most intimatethoughts, his favorite quotations by others, and his own most collectiblejokes, all culled from a newly disclosed set of personal notecards he keptthroughout his life and career, fans and admirers of the fortieth presidentwill find a unique window of insight into the soul of an American icon. Editedby Douglas Brinkley, editor of #1 NewYork Times bestseller The ReaganDiaries, this indispensible Reagan retrospective is perfect for fathers,graduates, and anyone looking to find inspiration in the thoughts and musingsof a great American leader.

Editorial Reviews

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062065155
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
694,329
File size:
1 MB

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Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States.

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The Notes: Ronald Reagan's Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Tuney2010 More than 1 year ago
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.
Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
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.
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Read Dreaded Day at dreaded all results (it is not scary its actually funny)
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kingsuperdad More than 1 year ago
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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CandyG More than 1 year ago
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?