An affectionate and intimate memoir about Ronald Reagan by his longtime personal assistant, who worked closely with the president for 10 years after he left the White House.
In The President Will See You Now, devoted Reagan insider Peggy Grande shares behind-the-scenes stories, intimate moments, and insights into one of America's most beloved presidents. Grande, who started in the office of Ronald Reagan as a college student and earned her way into a coveted role as the president's executive assistant, offers an unparalleled perspective on the postpresidency of a political icon.
Grande's stories show a unique private side to a public figure and leader who reshaped conservatism, ushered in an era of prosperity, and helped spur the end of the Cold War. Grande reveals what day-to-day life was like in Reagan's California office, including the former president's relationship with the first lady and his interactions with friends, world leaders, and everyday Americans. Grande recalls how Reagan kept a vigorous schedule for years after he left the White House, his robust engagement with others, and his ongoing political advocacy. Despite his eventual Alzheimer's diagnosis, Grande shows how Ronald Reagan remained true to core beliefs, his gentlemanly kindness, and his undying hope for his country.
Today the Reagan legacy looms over American politics more than ever. Grande reminds listeners why: When Ronald Reagan was president, we not only loved ourselves but also loved America and the American values he represented: faith, optimism, and patriotism.
"As a friend and colleague of President Reagan, I know how close Peggy was to him and her account of such a privileged association makes for a marvelous and exciting read. For anyone interested in finding out what Ronald Reagan was really like, up-close and personal, Peggy's book is an absolute must read. I found it fascinating and revealing from beginning to end!" (The Right Honorable Brian Mulroney, former prime minister of Canada)
"Peggy Grande had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve President Reagan after his presidency, and we are fortunate to have her stories....This is a fresh look at a wonderful man who continues to inspire long after he served our country." (Dana Perino, White House press secretary for George W. Bush and best-selling author of And the Good News Is... and Let Me Tell You About Jasper...)
"Peggy's book reminds us of Ronald Reagan the man as well as his presidency, surely one of the most consequential of the 20th century. She shares the day-to-day workings of his post-presidency office and the joy of working for such an amiable, warm, and humble man who championed American values and principles. She also shares the heartbreaking moment toward the end of his life when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and the touching note he wrote to the public in which he said, 'When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.' Pure Ronald Reagan and a beautiful story from someone who had the privilege of seeing him every day for years. A great read!" (Jim Angle, retired chief national correspondent, Fox News Channel)
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Best personal book on working with a president!
Depending on the friend, yes. Not many people I know listen to the memoirs of assistants to presidents, so it is not for just anyone. But for someone like me who has read and loves to know about the presidents and the people around them, this is one of the best books I have ever read on the subject.
Alyssa Mastromonaco's "Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?" and Rosemarie Terenzio's "Fairy Tale Interrupted". Both good books regarding being an assistant to power.
No one could have told her story with such eloquence and heartfelt love for President Reagan as the woman that lived it herself. This book is a gift to all of us who loved President Reagan and who love hearing how great he was and that he had someone so wonderful to take care of him and Mrs. Reagan.
When Ms. Grande is heartfelt about seeing the president for the last time and how hard it was to say goodbye to someone she so loved. She had you right there, right in that back yard with her. I tear up now just writing the review. When you tear up in describing the emotion, you know it hit home!
A truly fantastic read that should be considered for History classes. A gift.
- James M. Patton
What a pleasant surprise!
- Mark G