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You have to decide what you are. Feb 28, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have a total writer crush on Peggy Noonan. I love her writing style, and I love that she is conservative, reasonable, and not a complete ass toward those with whom she disagrees a model many people would do well to emulate in this day and age. Noonan was a special assistant--read: I learned an enormous amount about political speech writing: This was a fascinating political memoir that deserves the reputation it's earned over the past two decades. I thought it was great. What most impressed me was how honest Noonan was about President Reagan's weaknesses, especially during his last few years in office.

This is a lady who loves Ronald Reagan, but much of what she said about the things she saw going on in the White House strengthens the argument for those who insist Reagan was just too damn old and disengaged by the end of his time in Washington. She also had a lot of good things to say about the first President Bush, a man who I've long felt didn't get a fair shake by conservatives or liberals but then again, I'm a moderate New England Republican, so according to most people in the movement, I'm an RINO, too.

I've just realized that, in the past year, I've read three books about Ronald Reagan. Funny how that happened. Jun 13, Rhonda Perkes rated it really liked it. 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 Mar 16, Blaine Welgraven rated it really liked it. In her excellent chronicle of life as Reagan's chief speechwriter, Noonan notes, "when people who can't write try to write they often can't tell they're not good. In fact, they often think they're pretty close to wonderful, and they're genuinely hurt, and often suspicious, when told otherwise.

She is a writer bar none, and one can' In her excellent chronicle of life as Reagan's chief speechwriter, Noonan notes, "when people who can't write try to write they often can't tell they're not good. She is a writer bar none, and one can't help but keep turning the pages; moreover, Noonan has something that I've found truly rare--the ability to see past the fog of myriad details and the plethora of contrasting viewpoints--and really, really nail the main themes of a moment in history.

It's what made her such a vital part of cementing Reagan's now almost unquestioned political legacy, and a grand part of what makes this book such a terrific read. Feb 27, traci rated it really liked it.

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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 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 "su 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.

The first lady asks you to write a speech, most speechwriters would be like "sure, fine. For another, she writes the memos I only dream of writing. And finally, she's a tremendously gifted writer.

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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. It's not my political cup of tea, but Peggy Noonan writes an engaging memoir of her experiences working as a speechwriter for the Reagan administration. I enjoyed her style and perspective, even when I didn't agree with her. My chief problem was that every time Reagan walks into a room, she is just short of describing him as accompanied by rainbows and unicorns.

At the same time, I understand that comes from being part of the "Reagan Revolution". A unique perspective on working for a presidentia It's not my political cup of tea, but Peggy Noonan writes an engaging memoir of her experiences working as a speechwriter for the Reagan administration. A unique perspective on working for a presidential administration, and an interesting read even if it's not your political leanings. Aug 19, J rated it it was amazing Shelves: Loved her conversational, positive tones and inclusive style. This memoir is the coming-of-age story for Noonan's political life and covers her work in the White House as a speechwriter for Regan and Bush She is a true original, so her mind and writing sometimes goes to surprising places.

Not always cookie-cutter "Republican" and a bit anti-establishment. Very comfortable with the messy bits of herself and life in general. But ultimately, she seemed in line with all the major issues that Loved her conversational, positive tones and inclusive style. But ultimately, she seemed in line with all the major issues that I noticed. Her original voice gives her arguments more weight and authenticity - especially in the areas of the sanctity of life and individual liberty vs. It feels like she wrestled with these issues and based her positions on profound understanding and compassion for others.

She also worked for Dan Rather and CBS early in her career and has an affection for liberals - even when disagreeing with their politics. I was a little shocked to read about her liberal college days and a mention of casual drug use. She also has strong feminist tenancies and a major subcurrent of the book was her trying to knock down walls for herself a woman.

“I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything I wanted.”

Very hard noised at times. She seemed unsure about marriage, when back to full-time work while nursing and ultimately divorced her husband. In some sections, the paragraphs seems almost like free form thoughts - interesting but rambling and random. Kind of crazy and unpredictable. She has a 'comfortable' relationship with grammar - not always adhering to correct standards for paragraph indentations and punctuation.

I wonder if this mirrors a speechwriter's standard for writing. Very interesting look inside the functioning in the White House, the articulation of Reagan politics and the experiences of a women in the 's male-dominated political arena. Lots of references to being Irish Catholic. She generally has a good impression of the Church, except when she doesn't. She isn't afraid to openly criticize bishops and other church officials she disagrees with, but it usually seemed to be slightly grey areas - never issues of dogma. Lots of eerie similarities to "And the Good News Is While this book deals with the articulation of Reagan's political messaging, the memoir itself is not as politically oriented as I expected.

Noonan describes various political arguments as they relate to the story, but I never got the sense that this book was intended to convert readers to her political positions. She has a comfortable relationship with her politics - being able to articulate her own beliefs beautifully and being unphased if others disagree. She is definitely a political profession, who is use to the jostling of debates and the free flow of ideas.

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I loved her insight into the disappearance of "locals" - ie local standards and cultures. She states that no one has beliefs now; we are more comfortable acting as commentators on beliefs held outside ourselves. Many of the trends and political issues she highlights seem relevant today.

It is amazing that she wrote this back in the 's! Mar 10, Paula rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Very much written in her voice as I have heard it in her columns and on TV. Was interesting that she had critiques, often biting, of many people she worked for and with, except for Ronald Reagan.

She saw him in something of a sycophantic way. I did like reading the behind the scenes at White House as lived by a person of great writing talent with extensive literary and historical knowledge. Her fights to keep the poetry in speeches while meeting policy and political objectives were fascinating, Very much written in her voice as I have heard it in her columns and on TV.

Page paperback 20th Anniversary Reagan quote on Social Security: So no, we won't lower Social Security to reduce the deficit. And yet he has great powers of empathy. Her Challenger speech is remarkable in its rhetoric, speed of writing to delivery, and getting through pretty unscathed by committee , and she knew Reagan would understand the quote from High Flight having grown up when memorization was part of education and having lived through WWII. All defeat is a collaboration. And as usual, Don Regan wouldn't cooperate. Write, comb it out, rewrite, keep combing.

You love that little phrase and you keep keeping it in, but it doesn't connect with anything anymore and it doesn't matter if it has a kind of half-eloquence. May 24, Chrisanne rated it it was ok Shelves: A Story of Ronald Reagan. Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side.

And I have 4 things to say: There wasn't much in here about any revolution. And maybe it's because I didn't live through it that I didn't get it but I thought the title was misleading and showcased a manipulated government that didn't care much for it's Let the record show that I loved Peggy's When Character Was King: And maybe it's because I didn't live through it that I didn't get it but I thought the title was misleading and showcased a manipulated government that didn't care much for it's constituents-- just about keeping them.

Noonan is very talented in regards to writing and speaking. I have heard her speak in public and, as mentioned previously, really liked her other book on Reagan. So what was with all of those parentheses? Give me proof, positive facts, and solid experiences that provide a foundation for these beliefs. And, if the asides in parentheses take more than a couple of sentences, write a chapter, dedicate a section, do something besides letting the parentheses take up pages of a section.

It was incredibly enlightening If you're reading Uncle Brad, stop now. I came away from the book loving Reagan as a person but really cynical about the political process. It makes me want to know who really calls the shots and roll my eyes when people rhapsodize about that era. Politics are a mess and I'm pretty sure those Constitutional Convention-ers didn't want party-heads and chiefs-of-staff to run policy. Cause we don't vote for those. The tone comes across as expressing an unhealthy obsession with Reagan the person.

Mar 14, Courtney rated it liked it. I wish I could say that I enjoyed this book, but I found Peggy's tone to be quite angry and harsh. Yes, she has interesting stories to tell, but they're often lost behind overt insults hurled at many of her colleagues. I did, however, love this one quote so much that I transcribed it from the audiobook: There are, I think, two kinds of serious political activists: Those moved by love - for America, for the poor, for freedom I wish I could say that I enjoyed this book, but I found Peggy's tone to be quite angry and harsh.

Those moved by love - for America, for the poor, for freedom - often contribute to the debate. They cannot engage in honorable debate because they cannot see the honor on the other side. May 28, Josh rated it liked it. Peggy Noonan is a talented speechwriter and provided grand words for several Republican Presidents this book, from the early 90s, covers Reagan, as well as George H.

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This is her story, working as a writer during the Reagan era, as she helped to feed lines to the great communicator — my remark, not hers. Her brilliance lies in being able to identify the big themes of the day, the helpful Peggy Noonan is a talented speechwriter and provided grand words for several Republican Presidents this book, from the early 90s, covers Reagan, as well as George H.

Her brilliance lies in being able to identify the big themes of the day, the helpful conservative principle at play, and merging both with melodiously inspiring simple language that could make most anyone sound great. My first worldly memory was that of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in I was fascinated by the space program, rockets, and otherworldly exploration. My father had previously applied for the astronaut teacher program that lost its lead on that terrible day in January. I sought convenience over totality this time; but, it might not have been the best decision for the material.

Her life and work, up to of course, was assembled into a summary of a few stories, with significant holes left uncovered. Noonan liked and admired Reagan, but despite working in the White House, she had a tough time getting to know him closely. A handful of brief personal stories about his conversations and other simple interactions with Noonan all sounded heartfelt and meaningful; or perhaps this was just her crafty gift of writing at play again. Her delicately selected wordings were frequently misunderstood during the sausage-making speech-editing process.

Annoying managers, clerks, and some immediately forgotten state department personalities, sounded less than helpful. On the other hand, Noonan probably had a closer relationship with George H. Bush during his presidential campaign than she did with the 40th President. Noonan seems to express discomfort that she, just an unassuming writer, often provided the words — or a script — for those people who are intended to be our far-seeing leaders providing us direction.

She ponders the difference between the act of speechmaking and that of writing the speech. Noonan reconciles this vocational peculiarity with the acceptance that ownership of the speech inevitably becomes that of the leader. It is the speaker finally, who chooses or directs the topics — and often more — discarding what they dislike. Yeah, this book was ok, I guess.

Like any other amateur Republican activist and armchair pundit, I love learning about Reagan. Except, it would have been preferable if Noonan could have incorporated excerpts of some of her historic Reagan and Bush speeches into the book, not just a few simple words and phrases.

Thankfully the internet filled in some of the gaps for me. Where in her tale is the policy substance and meaty ideas of the Reagan revolution to be found? In another book I suppose. Perhaps I should double check the dusty hardcover edition on the shelf and compare it to the audio version.

This book was every interesting. Before reading this I never thought how important speech writers. What I saw at the revolution daintily opened my eye to this. The most blatant example of this is in chapter The challenger explosion was a tragic moment in history that touched many people. If Reagan said insensitive his career and legal would be ruined, and Peggy needed to make it quick. Reagan even said that he felt like he did them justice. But then he got an avalanche of calls and telegrams This book was every interesting.

But then he got an avalanche of calls and telegrams thanking him. Through the book she tells her amazing story of being a speechwriter. Mar 10, Maureen Twomey rated it liked it. Feb 28, Scott Pierce rated it really liked it Shelves: Peggy Noonan has some great insights into Ronald Reagan's character. She claims that he had little malice - he was able to move along to the next task, and that he was nonjudgemental, egalitarian and self-contained.