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characters What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era 100 Í On the hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth comes the twentieth anniversary edition of Peggy Noonan’s critically acclaimed bestseller What I Saw at the Revolution for which she provides a new Preface that demonstratesS are rendered in inimitable witty prose Her priceless account of what it was like to be a speechwriter among bureaucrats and a woman in the last bastion of male power makes this a Washington memoir that breaks the mold as spirited sensitive and thoughtful as Peggy Noonan hersel. So the words I'm going through a bit of a Peggy Noonan phase have probably never been spoken until now but I'm going through a bit of a Peggy Noonan phase Maybe it's because there are very few books written by female speechwriters about being a female speechwriter And yes she's a crazy loon these days but Peggy Noonan circa 1985 is actually kind of inspiring For one she didn't do what she didn't want to do The first lady asks you to write a speech most speechwriters would be like sure fine She said no For another she writes the memos I only dream of writing And finally she's a tremendously gifted writer So if you like tremendously gifted writing memos and female speechwriters this is a really fascinating read Oh yeah Reagan is there too but he played a supporting role to Peggy her ego and her incredible speeches

What I Saw at the Revolution A Political Life in the Reagan EraS are rendered in inimitable witty prose Her priceless account of what it was like to be a speechwriter among bureaucrats and a woman in the last bastion of male power makes this a Washington memoir that breaks the mold as spirited sensitive and thoughtful as Peggy Noonan hersel. So the words I'm going through a bit of a Peggy Noonan phase have probably never been spoken until now but I'm going through a bit of a Peggy Noonan phase Maybe it's because there are very few books written by female speechwriters about being a female speechwriter And yes she's a crazy loon these days but Peggy Noonan circa 1985 is actually kind of inspiring For one she didn't do what she didn't want to do The first lady asks you to write a speech most speechwriters would be like sure fine She said no For another she writes the memos I only dream of writing And finally she's a tremendously gifted writer So if you like tremendously gifted writing memos and female speechwriters this is a really fascinating read Oh yeah Reagan is there too but he played a supporting role to Peggy her ego and her incredible speeches

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What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era ☆ On the hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth comes the twentieth anniversary edition of Peggy Noonan’s critically acclaimed bestseller What I Saw at the Revolution for which she provides a new Preface that demonstrates this book’s timeless relevance As a special a. Peggy Noonan as I’m sure many of you know was one of Ronald Reagan’s speechwriters I received her memoir as a gift some 20 years ago with the inscription “Look how far this gal from Farleigh Dickinson went” That was sweet sort of like saying “If she could do it imagine what you can become” but I didn’t know uite what to make of it since the person who wrote that inscription was someone who’d made a career of bashing the Reagan administration I was 19 or 20 then and had spent my teenage years believing that protests were cooler than parties and professing the attitude that President Reagan was evil incarnate The person who gave me book was a veteran protestor from the 60’s – the coolest of the cool Why was he encouraging me to read Peggy NoonanI’ve long passed my “radical” stage but I am still Democrat than Republican so I still had an aversion to the book But that wasn’t the only or even the main reason The book was the only tangible remnant I had of the person who gave it to me Who needed a reminder of him The only reason I happened to take the book off the shelf and read it after all these years was that I didn’t have time to go to the library and pick up anything from my to read list And now I’m very glad it worked out that way With that introduction I think you can imagine that at times reading this book was painful for me It brought me right back to the 80’s reminding me from the other side of the ways that I was wrong Oh if I had only spent time being blissfully unaware of politics like other teens instead of adopting positions that were necessarily ignorant That’s not to say that the book has made me any politically conservative than life itself has already made me I don’t agree with Noonan 100% on every issue But her adoring portrait of Reagan has certainly made me like him She paints him as basically a populist who cared about the welfare of the average American and who had some very conservative attitudes about morality He was a Democrat turned Republican and led many other Democrats with him The trouble she said was that much of his staff wasn’t populist; they were elitist She blames most of the problems that arose on Don Regan Chief of Staff in the second term Boy does she have an axe to grind about himIt would take too long to describe how each and every issue raised in the book affected me So I’ll just say this at the beginning of the book Noonan states that there are several types of White House insider memoirs Some adopt so serious a tone that they’re lifeless Hers is definitely not that; it’s very human Another variety she mentions is “They Should Have Listened to Me the Fools” a trap she falls into uite a bit herself But heck she can write The very last epilogue added after the fall of Communism uplifted me like a good political speech And now I’m in the mood to read the other side of the story Can anyone recommend anything good on Mikhail Gorbachev Read ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Å Peggy Noonan

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Peggy Noonan Å 0 characters Ssistant to the president Noonan worked with Ronald Reagan and with Vice President George H W Bush on some of their most memorable speeches Noonan shows us the world behind the words and her sharp vivid portraits of President Reagan and a host of Washington’s movers and shaker. After visiting the Reagan Library I seem to be obsessed with all books Reagan Especially written by Noonan and a review would be redundant I'll leave it at this it's not as good as When Character was King but it made me love Noonan even