REAGAN: What Was He Really Like?

REAGAN: What Was He Really Like?

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by Curtis Patrick

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Intimate stories by real hard-working, unpretentious, selfless people, all thrown into a milieu; a simmering stewpot of diverse young men & women, all working for a common goal—to help Ronald Reagan succeed, from the start!
People have asked, “What was Reagan like privately?” “How did he treat his children?” “How did he


Intimate stories by real hard-working, unpretentious, selfless people, all thrown into a milieu; a simmering stewpot of diverse young men & women, all working for a common goal—to help Ronald Reagan succeed, from the start!
People have asked, “What was Reagan like privately?” “How did he treat his children?” “How did he handle pressure?” “How did he handle danger?” “How did he treat his staff?” “How did he handle difficult, almost impossible to deal with, legislators?” Watch it unfold in intimate detail.
See how Reagan used humor to disarm his most ardent critics and tenacious opponents.
Rex Hime said, “He was the Sequoia, and we were the branches!”
Former SFO-KPIX-CBS-TV Anchor & Governor Reagan’s Assistant Press Director, Nancy Clark Reynolds reveals fascinating stories: “Reagan was absolutely Numero Uno in Nancy’s life. All the time. And she was with him! They were totally wound into each other, to the exclusion of everybody else!” “Reagan was gracious and funny! He had people in ‘stitches’ all the time—and he was a total gentleman. You always knew where Reagan stood. He never equated disagreement with disloyalty. Even after working fourteen and eighteen hour days, I could hardly wait to get to work the next morning!”
Edwin Meese III said with that understated smile, “Ronald Reagan thrived on being underestimated.”
Also, the untold story behind the secret plan hatched by former Air Force Secretary Thomas C. Reed and a handful of dedicated insiders to launch Reagan’s unequivocal, arguably first campaign for President of the United States in 1968.

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From the Publisher
“Curtis, I not only like your book; I love it!”
— Edwin Meese III White House Counselor to President Ronald Reagan U.S. Attorney General, President Ronald Reagan Legal Affairs Secretary & Chief of Staff for Governor Ronald Reagan, Author of WITH REAGAN: The Inside Story, Reagnery Gateway
“Curtis, I do like your chapter on me—it is interesting! I like your chapters. They tell the story correctly. I told you it had to be interesting—well, it is interesting! Good!” — Lyn Nofziger White House Communications Director President Ronald Reagan.
Consultant Communications Director Governor Ronald Reagan.
“Curtis Patrick, thanks for your help in making much of this happen. Best Regards, always. REAGAN: WHAT WAS HE REALLY LIKE? is an incredibly detailed account of the early Reagan years, beautifully written by a man who was there, and who thus made the later years possible.” — Tom / Thomas C. Reed Special Assistant to President Reagan for National Security Policy U.S. Air Force Secretary, President Gerald Ford.
“Curtis, As usual, you are doing the Lord’s work in advancing the truth about our great leader and friend. How may we assist?” — Judge Wm. P. Clark, Jr. Secretary of the Interior, National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan CA Supreme Court Justice Rancher & Cowboy
"A great addition to the scholarship on Reagan. It is especially important as I think you really capture the compelling essence of Reagan’s character and political convictions. At base, Reagan comes across, not as an ambitious political zealot—which many liberal critics assert—but a man of genuine beliefs and personal warmth." — Dr. Eric Herzik Chair Department of Political Science University of Nevada, Reno
"Great book! Better than many of us, you knew the ‘prez’ Ronald Reagan. Congratulations. A real treasure!" — Verne Orr, PhD U.S. Air Force Secretary President Reagan, Dean Emeritus, College of Business & PublicManagement, University of La Verne, CA

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Morgan James Publishing
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Curtis Patrick attended USC School of Business and School of Journalism. In 1964, became Special Ass’t. to Sen. Barry Goldwater. 1965 Reagan’s first Advanceman & Special Ass’t. to Gov. Reagan—Special Services. Spent over thirty years heading various Task Forces for both Gov. & Pres. Reagan. Respected business leader, public-speaker, radio talk show guest and local TV political commentator and debater. Chairman Nevada Republican Party.

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Reagan : What Was He Really Like? 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReflectiveRed More than 1 year ago
I did not find this book particularly helpful in understanding the man. It is a collection of poorly-edited anecdotes by people who worked for Reagan in his early years as governor of California. It reads more like nostalgia and memories, with little information about the actual events and issues that produced Reagan's responses. As the previous reviewer noted, the punctuation and so forth make the reading very confusing. Often the author interjects comments, but it is unclear whether he or the person being interviewed is speaking. This is a great trip down memory lane for those who were there on Reagan's staff, but offers little for the many who were not.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
I'll state right off, I'm not a big Ronald Reagan fan, though I am surrounded by many who are. So when I had the opportunity to review a book titled Reagan- What Was he Really Like?, I thought maybe I should read it to get some insight. Curtis Patrick, who worked with Reagan for many years, wrote the book, so he had access to many people who knew Reagan in all different aspects. I did like how the book was organized, with each person getting a chapter for their remembrance, and their relationship to Reagan listed in the chapter contents. Much of the book focuses on Reagan's time as governor of California. I found that interesting, as most of the Reagan books deal with his presidency; this gives a good overview of a difficult time in the history of California. Reagan was governor during campus uprisings in the 1960s, and one person recalled Reagan meeting with student demonstrators when he was advised not to do it. There are anecdotes from a pilot and his wife who flew Reagan around California, his scheduler, and his receptionist; many so-called 'everyday people' shared their impressions and meeting with him. They spoke of how polite he was, always asking about their families, and writing them notes. They talked of his strong ability to focus, how he held strongly to his beliefs and showed little ego. One person remembered that when Reagan was angry, he would throw his glasses and say "damn it!" The book has lots of photos, mementos and primary sources, such as newspapers articles; they add an interesting component to the book. There is a reprint of an interview from The Capitol Report with Reagan discussing his first 18 months as governor. There are some drawbacks to the book. The author uses italics and exclamation points much too frequently in the book. When you emphasize so many things, it tends to take away the impact of the really important things. A good editor would have done wonders for the book. This book is not for everyone; it is really aimed at the Reagan devotee, of which there are many. They will enjoy this look at Reagan's early political journey, from the everyday people who surrounded him. If you are looking for a balanced, critical look at Ronald Reagan, this is not for you.