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The 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Commentary and conservative icon Peggy Noonan offers her most insightful work, including her Wall Street Journal columns about the 2016 Election
New York Times bestseller The Time of Our Lives travels the path of Peggy Noonan's remarkable and influential career, beginning with a revealing essay about her motivations as a writer and thinker. It's followed by an address to students at Harvard University on the drafting of President Reagan's speech the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded. Then comes one surprising chapter after the next including:
"People I Miss" - memorable salutes to the likes of Tim Russert, Joan Rivers, Margaret Thatcher, and others.
"Making Trouble" - Peggy's sharpest, funniest and most critical columns about Democrats and Republicans, the idiocracy of government, and Beltway disconnect.
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" - Peggy's most poignant writing capturing the country's grief and recovery in the wake of 9-11, and clear-eyed foresight on what lay ahead in terms of war and sacrifice.
"The Loneliest President Since Nixon" - tracking hope and change as it became disillusionment and disappointment with President Obama.
And other sections where Peggy discerns the mood of the country ("State of the Union"), the melodrama of the historic 2008 election ("My Beautiful Election"), her battles with the Catholic Church ("What I Told the Bishops") and lighter meditations on baseball, a snowy afternoon in Brooklyn, and motherhood ("Having Fun").
Annotated throughout, The Time of Our Lives articulates Peggy's conservative vision, demonstrating why she has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, journalism's highest honor.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.70(d)|
About the Author
The 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Commentary, Peggy Noonan is the author of nine books, a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and was a primary speechwriter and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Six of Noonan's books have been New York Times bestsellers. Noonan is a trustee of the Manhattan Institute. She makes regular appearances on CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week and NBC's Meet The Press.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Peggy Noonan has long been my favorite political columnist. Since 2000, her columns have appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition. She is a conservative who cares deeply for our nation and people of the world. She is not bashful about expressing her genuine concerns. For this 2015 book of 445 pages, she selected some columns and a few of her other writings and organized them under chapter headings of various themes. As to her early guidance in writing, she credits her supervisors at CBS where she worked as a young woman. She learned there to write her first draft with the creative part of her mind and later bring on her critical side when editing her writing. She became a speech writer for President Reagan while only in her thirties. Not many other writers were in the White House on January 28, 1986, when the Challenger shuttle launch ended in tragedy. Knowing that the President would want to make a statement, she immediately began drafting it. She was watching TV replay of the crew walking toward the shuttle rocket in their space suits when she remembered a poem from her seventh grade years, High Flight, by John Gillespie Magee, Jr., written in 1969. The former World War II pilot wrote of breaking the surly bonds of earth when flying so high that he felt he could almost touch the face of God. She put that part of the poem in her draft that ended up on the President’s desk. Years earlier, Reagan had read the poem on the bulletin board of his child’s classroom, and he chose part of it for the closing part of his speech. “We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them – this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waived goodbye, and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God’.” President Reagan initially did not feel his speech did what it needed to do. However, the reaction was extremely positive, even from leaders of the Democratic Party. The President told Peggy Noonan that he changed his mind on the success of the speech when Frank Sinatra called to say it was great; Frank did not call after every speech. This reminds me that President Lincoln initially felt that his Gettysburg Address was not successful. In response to a letter by the principal Gettysburg speaker that Lincoln got closer to the central idea for the occasion than did that speaker in two hours, the President wrote that he was glad the speech was not a total failure. Noonan’s tribute to Jackie Kennedy Onassis upon her passing is a classic that is most fitting for that cultured lady (pages 25-28 of the book). John Profumo, a British secretary of state for war, had to resign because of the disgrace from a scandal but found grace in the social work to which he devoted the rest of his life (pages 56-57). In expressing her views, she has made temporary friends and permanent enemies. She was a friend of the Bush family and even took a leave of absence from her column writing to campaign for George W. Bush as President. That did not keep her from later writing a column criticizing his Second Inaugural Speech (pages 129-133 of book). She received significant criticism and chose to respond in a classical column (pages 134-9). Chapter 8 has two essays under chapter name “Uneasy Pieces” on which she worked every day for months in both 1992 and 1998 to say something important. They still mean a lot to Peggy, and they now do to me after rereading them. In the first, she addresses unsettling cultural changes. Life is difficult and without God we lose a great source of consolation and coherence. The 1998 one expresses a fear that something terrible might happen to New York City and Washington D.C. On September 11, 2001, it did, and Chapter 9’s ten columns address the tragedy.
I love this book. It is so well written. I feel as though the author is speaking to me and telling me a story. No fancy long drawn out sentences that look as though they are just meant to impress the reader but well structured and well written sentences that paint the picture and tell the story. I love the varied topics covering a wide variety of topics. I am so glad i found it and bought it.