• The Reagan Diaries

  • Extended Selections
  • By: Ronald Reagan
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-30-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (285 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

During his two terms as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. Now, nearly two decades after he left office, this remarkable record, the only daily presidential diary in American history, is available for the first time. Edited by historian Douglas Brinkley, The Reagan Diaries provides a striking insight into one of this nation's most important presidencies and sheds new light on the character of a true American leader. Whether he was in his White House residence study or aboard Air Force One, each night Reagan wrote about the events of his day, which often included his relationships with other world leaders and the unforgettable moments that defined the era.
Seldom before has the American public been given access to the unfiltered experiences and opinions of a president in his own words. To read these diaries, filled with Reagan's trademark wit, sharp intelligence, and humor, is to gain a unique understanding of one of the most beloved occupants of the Oval Office in our nation's history.
©2007 The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Reagan's diaries are revealing, and Brinkley has done historians and the broad public a great service by editing them for publication." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cameron on 03-05-10

Provides a personal window

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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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 06-21-07

True American Hero

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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3 out of 5 stars
By Elephant908 on 09-08-11

Very good but a bit rambling!

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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