Synopses & Reviews
Collected by the Ronald Reagan Foundation, The Notes
is a fascinating window into the mind of our fortieth president. While the #1 New York Times
bestselling Reagan Diaries
detailed daily life inside the Oval Office, The Notes
encapsulates a lifetime of reflections on work, marriage, and family. Classic one-liners such as "Flattery is what makes husbands out of bachelors" and "Money may not buy friends, but it will help you to stay in contact with your children" shed light on the man known as the "Great Communicator," and a sampling of Reagan's favorite speeches, poems, and passages from literature reveal the writers and thinkers he turned to time and again for advice, inspiration, humor, and hope.
Historic, illuminating, and deeply captivating, The Notes is a remarkable collection of the thoughts of one of our most beloved presidents.
“Now with the discovery of his note cards, we can better appreciate just how hard Reagan himself labored to be clear and convincingand, yes, sometimes funnyto his many audiences.” < b=""> < i=""> The American Spectator <> <>
“These notes are wonderful things. . . . Although a few recent books have proclaimed to have finally uncovered the real Reagan, theres a chance well never get any closer than in these scribbles, which reveal so much.” < b=""> Christopher Buckley, < i=""> Bloomberg News <> <>
“The book offers a window into the mind of the nations 40th president and displays the effort he made behind the scenes to hone his performance as a speechmaker and storyteller driving home a conservative political philosophy.” < b=""> < i=""> USA Today <> <>
“This volume provides an illuminating glimpse into Reagans mind. . . . The entries show the directness of Reagans thought and his uncanny ability to make a point.” < b=""> < i=""> The Daily <> <>
“This is a book to return to often and sample the collected wisdom found there that buttressed a remarkable mans vision.” < b=""> < i=""> The Washington Times <> <>
Ronald Reagan left behind a legacy that America willnever forget. Now, in this one-of-a-kind collection of his most intimatethoughts, his favorite quotations by others, and his own most collectiblejokes, all culled from a newly disclosed set of personal notecards he keptthroughout his life and career, fans and admirers of the fortieth presidentwill find a unique window of insight into the soul of an American icon. Editedby Douglas Brinkley, editor of #1 NewYork Times bestseller The ReaganDiaries, this indispensible Reagan retrospective is perfect for fathers,graduates, and anyone looking to find inspiration in the thoughts and musingsof a great American leader.
About the Author
Douglas Brinkley is professor of history and Baker Institute Fellow at Rice University. He is the author of numerous bestselling books including The Unfinished Presidency, The Boys of Pointe du Hoc, and The Great Deluge. A contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the in-house historian for CBS News, he divides his time between Austin and Houston, Texas.