When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan

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It has been a full generation since Ronald Reagan first walked into the White House and ignited a revolution. From the beginning, he enjoyed the affection of millions of Americans. At the end of his life, he received what he deserved even more: their respect. What was the wellspring of Ronald Reagan's greatness? Noonan argues that it was Reagan's character--his courage, his honesty, and his almost heroic patience in the face of setbacks--that was the most important element of his success. Noonan brings her own reflections on Reagan to bear, as well as new stories from Presidents George W. and George H. W. Bush, Reagan's Secret Service men and White House colleagues, his wife, his daughter, and his close friends, to reveal the true nature of a man seen--even by his opponents--as an important historical figure.

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From the bestselling author of What I Saw at the Revolution comes an elegiac tribute to one of America's most beloved leaders.

It is twenty years?a full generation?since Ronald Reagan first walked into the White House and ignited a revolution. From the beginning, he enjoyed the American people's affection but now, as he approaches the end of his life, he has received what he deserved even more: their deep respect.

What was the wellspring of his greatness? Peggy Noonan, bestselling author of the classic Reagan-era memoir What I Saw at the Revolution, former speechwriter, and now a columnist and contributing editor for The Wall Street Journal, argues that the secret of Reagan's success was no secret at all. It was his character?his courage, his kindness, his persistence, his honesty, and his almost heroic patience in the face of setbacks?that was the most important element of his success.

The one thing a man must bring into the White House with him if he is to succeed, Noonan contends, is a character that people come to recognize as high, sturdy, and reliable.

Noonan, renowned for her special insight into Ronald Reagan's history and personality, brings her own reflections to Reagan to bear in When Character Was King and discloses never-before-told stories from the former president's family, friends, and White House colleagues to reveal the true nature of a man even his opponents now view as a maker of big history.

Marked by incisive wit and elegant prose, When Character Was King will enlighten and move listeners.

About the Author:

Peggy Noonan, author of the bestselling When Character Was King, has contributed articles and essays to Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other publications. She is currently a columnist and contributing editor at the Wall Street Journal.



Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.

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