What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era

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"Nancy Regan had her turn, Larry Speakes spoke out and Donald Regan put it all on the record. Now comes Peggy Noonan with a speechwriter's view of the Reagan White House, and it may be the best one of all."

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A special assistant to the president during the height of the Reagan era, Peggy Noonan worked with him, and with then-vice-president Bush, on some of ...
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Overview

"Nancy Regan had her turn, Larry Speakes spoke out and Donald Regan put it all on the record. Now comes Peggy Noonan with a speechwriter's view of the Reagan White House, and it may be the best one of all."

ASSOCIATED PRESS



A special assistant to the president during the height of the Reagan era, Peggy Noonan worked with him, and with then-vice-president Bush, on some of their most famous and memorable speeches. Now, in her engaging and acclaimed memoir, Noonan shows us the world behind the words. Her sharp and vivid portraits of those in and around power, her priceless account of what it was like to be a speechwriter among bureaucrats, and a woman in the last bastion of male power, makes this a Washington memoir that breaks the mold.



A SELECTION OF THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR



The political memoirs of Ronald Reagan's and George Bush's favorite speechwriter.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Noonan left a job as writer for Dan Rather at CBS-TV to join Reagan's White House as a speechwriter; later she helped Geoge Bush defeat Michael Dukakis, devising such catch phrases as ``a thousand points of light.'' Part political memoir, part autobiography, this conversational, effusive, anecdotal reminiscence offers a reverential portrait of ex-president Reagan ``probably the sweetest, most innocent man ever to serve in the Oval Office'' that at times borders on embarrassing, schoolgirlish adulation. Not surprisingly, perhaps, she gives us Reagan's view of himself instead of detached analysis. She discusses White House in-fighting, the 1984 presidential campaign, key speeches she wrote or helped shape, her clash with Don Regan, the drive to win public support for the contras. There are cameos of Pat Buchanan, Larry Speakes, Andy Rooney, Bill Moyers and others, along with an extended defense of conservative ideology and policies. First serial to New York Times Magazine, Mirabella and Saturday Evening Post; BOMC altenate. Mar.
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Noonan was a special assistant and speechwriter for the president. This is her account of life in Washington during the Reagan years. Surprisingly (for a speechwriter) she tells a good story--perceptive, witty, and stylish--she's at her best on Donald Regan and Nancy Reagan. No references or notes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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“A welcome oasis in the desert of political memoirs... likely to be the most honest, lucid and enjoyable look at the Reagan White House that we’ll get.”
The Dallas Morning News

“An engaging book, the story of how a plucky and talented young person literally wrote her way into a previously all-male domain.”
The Washington Post Book World

“Noonan has written the funniest, most richly textured, nervously self-effacing and deftly observed political memoir...to come out of the 1980s.” —Time

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816150472
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 12/1/1990
  • Pages: 528

Meet the Author

Peggy Noonan was a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986; in 1988, she was chief speechwriter to Vice President George Bush during his campaign for presidency; in 1989, she left Washington, D.C., for her native New York, where she completed her first book, the bestselling What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Years. Since that time, her articles and essays have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, and many other publications. She is also author of The Case Against Hillary Clinton, a #1 New York Times bestseller. Currently, she is a columnist and contributing editor at The Wall Street Journal and a political contributor for Fox News. She lives in New York City.

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  • Posted November 18, 2012

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    Honest, balanced, revealing

    Although a bit dated by now this was an easy read about a compelling time in hte White House. She writes with heart, candor and astute observation. Her esteem for Reagan is well known but she pulls no punches in sharing concerns about his management style.

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