Monday, April 16, 2012
When Character Was King, A Story of Ronald Reagan by Peggy Noonan
Peggy could have written most anything from her career experiences in the White House , but the way she presents this autobiographical sketch demonstrates her skills as a writer. She is a fantastic writer who emphasizes thru her story telling the character and dedication of Ronald Reagan as our President. This book ends prior to his death while he is suffering from the incurable Alzheimer's that robbed him of the wonderful memories he built with his beloved Nancy. He died in 2004, three years after this book was published.
I was struck by the similarities between the characters and the backgrounds of Reagan and Harry S Truman, maybe I was more alert to this because I had so recently read David McCullough's "Truman", reviewed on this blog. Then Peggy reveals similarities in both their characters and the times of their presidencies and the crises they handled. It thrilled me to read (pg 197) during the mid 1990's, when the University of Texas in Austin held a symposium about a few presidents where she represented Reagan and McCullough represented Truman and others represented Jimmy Carter, elder George Bush and Franklin Roosevelt. I would have relished hearing both Peggy and David.