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What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era

af Peggy Noonan

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A special assistant to the president during the height of the Reagan era, Peggy Noonan worked with him, and with then vice-president Bush, on some of their most famous and memorable speeches. Now, in her thoroughly engaging and unanimously acclaimed memoir, Noonan shows us the world behind the words. Her sharp and vivid portraits of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, George Bush, Donald Regan, and a host of Washington's movers and shakers are rendered in her inimitable, witty prose. And 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 herself. A SELECTION OF THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR… (mere)
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Story read by the author, Peggy Noonan, speech writer for Ronald Reagan. I read this for the second time. The book does examine the Reagan era but it also gives the reader a look at growing up in America in the fifties, sixties and seventies. Peggy Noonan was born in a liberal family. She attended college and got a job as writer for CBS. She then got a job as speech writer for president Reagan. Rating: 3.13 ( )
  Kristelh | Sep 25, 2017 |
I had always found that most of the speeches written by Peggy Noonan were unique, thoughtful and sometimes inspiring. Others have given this book decent reviews, so I was curious.

Not a bad book. Loosely organized chronologically and by general topic. I think Noonan starting background at CBS with Dan Rather then heading into the Reagan White House was an interesting path. She writes in a sometimes choppy and maybe abbreviated style.

I enjoyed some of the smaller observations she made about her environment and others:
- Used Executive Office Building furniture. It seems the junior staffer always get the cruddy old used stuff. This got mentioned several times.
- Several senior WH staffers get some defining observations (good and bad).
- As an up and coming woman, she seemed to be an odd duck in the male dominated staff at the WH in the mid-80's.
- The nut roll of staffing out a major draft speech was the epitome of bureaucracy.
- Though she was not at the WH when Iran-Contra unfolded, her impressions of Oliver North when she first came across him were interesting to read.

As I continue to see Noonan on TV political roundtables during this current election season, this book helps to paint a picture of her background and to appreciate where she comes from with her commentary.

Something different. I would recommend the book for those with any political interest. ( )
  usma83 | Sep 3, 2016 |
Though her politics, her insane desire for social progress to reverse, and her obvious antipathy for anyone with a college degree make me want to chop off my hands and bleed to death, this is still a useful, educational, and yes, witty and well written account of the Reagan White House - most particularly in regards to the art of writing in a political fishbowl. ( )
  Qshio | Jul 26, 2009 |
One of the best books I've ever read. Memoir...one of my favorite genres. And an inside look at the Reagan White House. Highly recommended. You will appreciate Noonan's writing style. ( )
  horacewimsey | Dec 17, 2008 |
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A special assistant to the president during the height of the Reagan era, Peggy Noonan worked with him, and with then vice-president Bush, on some of their most famous and memorable speeches. Now, in her thoroughly engaging and unanimously acclaimed memoir, Noonan shows us the world behind the words. Her sharp and vivid portraits of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, George Bush, Donald Regan, and a host of Washington's movers and shakers are rendered in her inimitable, witty prose. And 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 herself. A SELECTION OF THE BOOK-OF-THE-MONTH CLUB A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

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