From the bestselling author of What I Saw at the Revolution
comes an elegiac tribute to one of America’s most beloved leaders.
It is twenty years—a full generation—since Ronald Reagan
first walked into the White House and ignited a revolution. From the beginning,
he enjoyed the American people’s affection but now, as he approaches the end of
his life, he has received what he deserved even more: their deep respect.
What was the wellspring of his greatness? Peggy Noonan,
bestselling author of the classic Reagan-era memoir What I Saw at the
Revolution, former speechwriter, and now a columnist and contributing editor
for the Wall Street Journal, argues that the secret of Reagan’s success was no
secret at all. It was his character—his courage, his kindness, his persistence,
his honesty, and his almost heroic patience in the face of setbacks—that was
the most important element of his success.
The one thing a man must bring into the White House with him
if he is to succeed, Noonan contends, is a character that people come to
recognize as high, sturdy, and reliable.
Noonan, renowned for her special insight into Ronald
Reagan’s history and personality, brings her own reflections to Reagan to bear
in When Character Was King and discloses never-before-told stories from the
former president’s family, friends, and White House colleagues to reveal the
true nature of a man even his opponents now view as a maker of big history.
Marked by incisive wit and elegant prose, When Character Was
King will enlighten and move readers. Download and start listening now!