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Ronald Reagan. Our nation’s 40th president and a beacon for conservative thinkers. In our political climate today, we could all learn something from him. If you love Ronald Reagan, and even if you don’t, here are 6 books to read to learn more about the great communicator. 

When Character Was King by Peggy NoonanAs Reagan’s speechwriter for a number of years, Noonan offers the perspective of someone who worked very closely with President Reagan and contributed to the public’s perception of him; but she can speak to far more than his public persona.

The excerpt:

Noonan brings her own reflections on Reagan to bear as well as new stories—from Presidents George W. Bush and his father, George H. W. Bush, his Secret Service men and White House colleagues, his wife, his daughter Patti Davis, and his close friends—to reveal the true nature of a man even his opponents now view as a maker of big history.”

The Notes: Ronald Reagan’s Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom by Ronald Reagan This one of a kind book provides the reader with an inside look into Reagan’s most intimate thoughts and witty humor straight from the man himself.

The excerpt:

As a collection of “his favorite quotations by others, and his own most collectible jokes, all culled from a newly disclosed set of personal notecards he kept throughout his life and career, fans and admirers of the fortieth president will find a unique window of insight into the soul of an American icon.”

The President Will See You Now by Peggy GrandeAs someone who built a one-of-a-kind relationship with President Reagan and continued that relationship into post-presidency, Peggy Grande offers an unparalleled perspective of growing with President Reagan. From his most famous years through the end of his life, Grande shows a private side to one of the most admired public figures of his day.

The excerpt:

Today the Reagan legacy looms over American politics more than ever. Grande reminds readers why: When Ronald Reagan was president, we not only loved ourselves but also loved America, and the American values he represented: faith, optimism, and patriotism.”

The Reagan Diaries edited by Douglas BrinkleyThis one of a kind book is a collection of Reagan’s memories and accounts of each and every day; from the most boring to the most exciting. Providing a unique perspective, this collection allows the reader to understand how the man himself thought about the historic occurrences of his presidency.

The excerpt:

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.”

Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader by Dinesh D’SouzaAn after the fact perspective outside of the Reagan Administration, this novel allows the reader to understand both the appreciation and neglect that come with understanding President Reagan’s greatest achievements. D’Souza is able to emphasize the importance of the miniscule details of Reagan’s policy decisions and how those continue to influence the country we know today.

The excerpt:

“Bestselling author and former Reagan aide Dinesh D’Souza shows how this “ordinary” man was able to transform the political landscape in a way that made a permanent impact on America and the world. Ronald Reagan is a thoughtful and honest assessment of how this underestimated president became a truly extraordinary leader.

I Love You, Ronnie by Nancy Reagan A perspective from the person who knew him better than anyone else, this book provides its readers with a glimpse into Ronald Reagan’s life outside of the presidency and politics. The book, comprised of more than 40 years of love letters between Ronald and Nancy Reagan, is a deep and intimate look into one of the most admired love stories of the time.

The excerpt:

Nancy Reagan reflects with love and insight on the letters, on her husband, and on the many phases of their life together. A love story spanning half a century and the private life of this classic American couple come vividly alive in this rare and inspiring book.”

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Emily W
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Emily is an aspiring Elle Woods with a hint of Nancy Reagan. Searching for cute dogs on instagram is only a side hobby to politics. When she's not teaching people about conservatism in Starbucks, you can catch her meeting princesses at Disney or binge watching Gilmore Girls and The West Wing for the millionth time.

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