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If you take this audiobook at face value, yes, a lot of it is "went to meeting, talked to Mike Deaver", etc. If you read between the lines, however, you see where his heart was. His devotion to Nancy is remarkable. His ups and downs with the Soviets show raw emotion. He shares some personal family uprisings that show he was a real man, not perfect. His dedication to the diary speaks a lot to his character; he started something and finished it.
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The diaries reflect the true Ronald Reagan as one of the greatest presidents in the history of the United States. Not the Reagan portrayed by journalists (alternately the most dangerous man in the world or a dottering old fool). His love for this country and his firm conviction of the failure of communism are clearly evident. His mission to defeat communism is clearly the focus of his efforts. Most touching and refreshing is the devotion he has to his wife Nancy. The diaries show his humanity, faith, compassion, strength and morality.
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A slice of history, essential for anyone interested in American politics, and global politics. Reagan says some things I disagree with, can come off bigotted, a bully in places, but he is a slice of history, you get a lot of feel for life in that white house, and for those out there who aspire to political office, perhaps give this one a try. I wouldn't go to 4 stars because it can be a little dull, but it's still a good buy if you're seriously interested in history / politics, heck, the 80s in general.
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