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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,106 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peggy Noonan Narrator: Peggy Noonan Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pamela | 2/16/2014

    " This was excellent. Needed to learn more about the Reagan Administration. I was a teenager during his time in office and didn't pay attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jill Melnicki | 2/12/2014

    " Noonan gushed over the way Reagan lived his life, emphasizing his positive traits, primarily that he did what he said he would do throughout his life. His road to the presidency was certainly unique, starting with a humble upbringing and then an acting career. Glad to have an up close perspective on his personality and decision making. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah Combs | 2/11/2014

    " This is a great biography of Ronald Reagan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenni | 2/8/2014

    " Love Noonan's style. It is a sensitive memoir of Raegan, but never gets sticky or sappy. Well written about an amazing man. "

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