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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.

March 17
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

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This book provides a fascinating inside view of the daily life of President Reagan, along with a great perspective on his love for the US and his high moral standards. Through Reagan's daily writings, the reader quickly develops an understanding of the character and inner nature of this extraordinary man. Some of the adjectives I would use are considerate, kind, firm in his beliefs, honorable, strong of faith, respectful, loyal, visionary leader, loving to his wife, gracious, lover of freedom and his country, lover of people, open, forthright, and honest. I could see his disappointment, and sometimes outrage, when politicians and the media knowingly distorted or outright lied about events during his presidency. This book allows his true nature to shine through. His actions were guided by his beliefs and morals, not cynical political maneuvering or calculated political gain. The attempt on his life, and his subsequent recovery from a gunshot wound, was fascinating to read about. I finished the book wishing that I had had the opportunity to meet him in person. He was one of a kind and a true leader. Highly recommended.

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