• A Different Drummer

  • My Thirty Years with Ronald Reagan
  • By: Michael K. Deaver
  • Narrated by: Michael K. Deaver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-12-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A warm, personal portrait of Ronald Reagan, A Different Drummer brims with recollections from a relationship that has spanned three decades. A former aide and longtime family friend, Michael Deaver worked with the former chief executive for 20 consecutive years. Now he offers his memories of Ronald Reagan as governor, president, and friend. Reagan remains a mystery even to biographers with total access. But in A Different Drummer, Deaver writes not only of Reagan's dizzying highs, but also shares the lows, including the tough times that would test the strength of their friendship. Finally, he shares a poignant look at Reagan today as he battles Alzheimer's. This is Nancy Reagan's "finest hour", Deaver writes, a validation of the greatest love story he has ever known.
With anecdotes that are insightful, entertaining, intimate, and surprising, A Different Drummer sheds remarkable new light on an American icon admired by many and understood by few.
With a foreword by Nancy Reagan.
©2001 Michael K. Deaver (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Deaver is a great reader. Known as the public relations whiz in Reagan's White House, Deaver has a voice that sounds like John Chancellor's: deep, clear, and expressive. There is not a stilted moment in this audiobook. Deaver sounds like he is sitting at the fireplace telling stories about a friend." (AudioFile)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By Reviewer# 10213 on 07-17-07

Worth Your TIme

Mike Deaver's book is a well written portrait of a Great American who did what he thought best for our great country. I was sorry to get to the end of it. Narration is super and the book is Excellent!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Hal on 05-13-13

Intimate look from the inside of the inner circle

Where does A Different Drummer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've always preferred books read by the authors, and this one perfectly exemplified why! The emotion and authenticity truly come through from the unbelievably poignant recounting of the last time Mr. Deaver saw Mr. Reagan to the last word. It's really an amazing "insider" look from the guy who was there from the early days of the gubernatorial campaign on the way to nearing the end. I've read lots of books about Reagan (and the couple BY Reagan) and this is right up there with my favorites when it comes to more of the "storytelling" side of biographies rather than the "fact-based"/educational type.

What did you like best about this story?

Author's emotion and authenticity and hearing new stories (or old stories retold from the author's unique perspective).

What does Michael K. Deaver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice inflection and earnestness.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The opening story made me cry. Several stories made me laugh. Truly a great book in its unique perspective and its ability to convey that perspective and bring the reader/listener right into the stories.

Any additional comments?

Like I said, I thought I had read everything worth reading about Reagan and it blew my mind that this one had been out there for so long and I had neglected to read/listen. Highly recommend to even the most well-read fans of Reagan (the President and especially the man)!

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