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reader Ý A Political Life in the Reagan Era ´ Peggy Noonan S 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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read What I Saw at the Revolution kindle ½ A Political Life in the Reagan Era ↠ peggy noonan ã 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 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 This book written 23 years ago is filled with poise beyond its writer's years even when she is score settling and it makes you wonder what wisdom its author will uncover in the decades to come All these years later we can say uite a lot What I Saw at the Revolution is larger and autobiographical than the books Noonan has often written since It is denser in every way It is rewarding and enjoyable and at times a touch too heavy There are moments as well when a reader can feel Noonan clench her fist and punch the air triumphantly as she imagines what one of the witling editors of her president's speeches will think of seeing himself made infamous in print It's a writer's innocent conceit never to realize such witlings do not read about themselves or anything else Noonan comes closest to this realization here there's an odd thing about writing as an art The critical faculty often fails When people who can't paint try to paint they can usually step back when they're done smile a rueful smile and admit that painting's not their talent But 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 p 77The book's most interesting pieces are those in which the wide eyed young presidential speechwriter discovers her hero the President of the United States of America is a bit of an empty vessel a professionally trained actor a pleaser of rooms He really always played himself; the vivid have no choice That's why he seemed both phony and authentic Because he was He was really acting but the part he played was Ronald Reagan p 158That observation has aged well It's a tribute to Noonan that the very pop pom shakers who today clip a sentence of hers here or there for their Republican rallies would regard that passage as such apostasy Lucky for them revelations like that happen far too deep in the pages of this considering book; they needn't ever be disabused of their love for her and HimBut Noonan would never be loyal as they wished her to be because she is a writer an employer of perfect words like tropism and not a publicist Or as she puts it A writer can do anything for his side but write for it You either take whatever talent you have and let it lead you where it leads you or you harness it to a political viewpoint and let political considerations decide what you do and do not write do and do not see In which case you are a partisan and a polemicist but not a writer You have to decide what you are p 324Noonan knows by the end of this book exactly what she is and she captures it in this tiny phrase my curiosity has grown bigger than my awe

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What I Saw at the Revolution A Political Life in the Reagan EraSsistant 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 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 main speechwriter for President Reagan during both of his administrations I learned an enormous amount about political speech writing how many hands get into the pie how much back and forth fighting goes on over each sentence and paragraph and how tough one needs to be when in the center of power in this country especially as a woman back before people like Condi Rice and Hillary Clinton This was a fascinating political memoir that deserves the reputation it's earned over the past two decades I thought it was greatWhat 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