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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ronald Reagan Narrator: Eric Conger Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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During his two terms as the fortieth 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 our 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Not since the nineteenth century has a United States president kept a diary through his entire White House tenure, and this volume tells us more about Ronald Reagan than many of his biographies. Besides which, not a few interpretive bits of gold are sprinkled amid the grit and gravel of diplomatic niceties, Congressional consultations and after-dinner entertainment.”

    New York Times

  • “His gift for simple, direct, unerringly right decision-making remained intact until the end of his presidency in 1989. Because of that genius gift, this journal remains a crucial document.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “These diaries will complete the reevaluation of Reagan by the historical profession. Whatever one thinks of his policies, Reagan emerges here as a focused, take-charge president in full control of his cabinet and administration.”

    Foreign Affairs

  • “Reagan’s handwritten summary of almost every day of his 1981–89 presidency shows more clearly than ever before the way his mind worked! On the whole, it worked pretty well—especially in his cold-war policy.”

    Economist

  • “Conger skillfully portrays matter-of-fact toughness, though he demonstrates equal command of Reagan’s softer side, particularly his expressions of grief during times of national tragedy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 by Chris | 4/21/2016

    " I really enjoyed this one because it was so real. A glimpse of the "man" and not just the President. He was, indeed, a very special man and, I believe, will go down as one of our greatest Presidents! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mike Lorenzetti | 2/8/2014

    " Reagan made entries in his diary each evening during his presidency. Facinating to read what he was thinking about world events as well as normal family interactions. You must read the bible if you consider yourself a christian, you must read the Reagan Diaries, if you consider yourself a conservative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Robert White | 2/6/2014

    " A long, long read ... and worth the effort for students (like me!) of leadership, politics and governance. Ronald Reagan wrote compellingly in his diary every day for the eight years of his Presidency. You get very clear insight into the man, his loves, his irritations, his thinking and his priciples. What was especially striking was his commitment to working the "other side of the aisle" to generate relationships and compromise. Like all Conservative Presidents, it's clear he didn't like the media very much but saw the necessity of dealing with them. Historian Brinkley does a great job of summarizing the trivial and leaving the "meat" of each entry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kaeli | 1/19/2014

    " This is our bathroom reading book. It give us an inside view of politics in the 80s...while also reviewing pop culture during that time. Reagan didn't take any crap from anyone!!! Very impressive. Some of the things he felt and did personally would be considered politically incorrect now...but he did it all for his great love of our country. That is evident. "

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