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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  12 reviews
She was the daughter of a single mother, a Hollywood movie star, the wife of one of the greatest presidents of the twentieth century, a cancer survivor. And she waged her greatest battle against her husband's Alzheimer's disease. Nancy Davis Reagan has led an extraordinary life. Now, Mike Deaver, whose relationship with Mrs. Reagan dates back to the 1960s, shares the side ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published February 2004)
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Jean Poulos
Michael Deaver is a long time Reagan staffer and he was the liaison between the Reagan staff and Nancy Reagan. Deaver states that Nancy Reagan had only one goal in life that was to support and protect Ronald Reagan. Deaver says her life was always about Ronnie.

The first part of the book covers her early life. She was born Anne Frances Robbins July 6 1921. Her nickname was Nancy. Nancy’s mother was the famous stage actress Edith Luckett (1880-1987) she did not know her father. In 1929 her mother
This book was fine, but it's written by a friend of Nancy's and it really never loses that tone of, "oh, my friend, she's swell!" I'm looking forward to reading a more in-depth biography of the former first lady.
Jim B
Read by the author with a soothing, easy-to-listen-to voice.

Deaver reveals Nancy Reagan as a woman who loved her husband totally and whether she agreed with him or not. (She didn't want him to run for office.) She made it her goal to help him succeed.

Deaver has always had a good relationship with her because from the first he gave her normal respect (wheras many regarded her as a problem or wouldn't give her information because she was "only" the wife).

Having lived through the media coverage of
Paul Lunger
Michael Deaver's "Nancy: A Portrait of My Years with Nancy Reagan" is a somewhat quick biography of Nancy Reagan which is told by an individual who was for many years one of Ronald Reagan's closest advisers & someone who got to know Nancy very well. The story focuses on the important aspects of her life from the years in Sacramento in the governor's office through the Presidency & his eventual decline due to Alzheimer's disease. The book itself somewhat simplifies this period in time &am ...more
LOVED this sweet telling of Nancy Reagan's life. It was well-written and interesting. I am always wary of biographies that tend to be dry and factual--because a person's life is almost never dry. I loved this telling of their political and personal life, from her perspective--by one who knew her well. And when I got to the that letter that Reagan wrote to the country, and of her care for him in his last days--which ended up being ever so many more than they originally thought... ...more
It's hard for me to rate this book. I enjoyed it, but much of it was material and recollections that had already been included in the author's longer memoirs about the president. If I had read this one first, I might have given it a higher rating. Mr. Deaver worked with Nancy for many years and has some interesting insights into her personality and character, and how the media frequently mis-portrayed her (as they typically seem to do). Far from viewing her as angelic, he does portray her as a s ...more
Michael Deaver takes us to the heart and soul of Nancy Reagan. He takes us back to the beginning when she met her "Ronnie" to facing his cruel fate of Alzheimer's, learning all the way about how she possibly felt, looked and handled or didn't handle events and situations. But all the while serving as grand protector of her "Ronnie".

If your looking for a down to earth approach to learning about the woman behind the man then this is the book for you
Antonina Zaytseva
Prior to buying this book I decided to skim it in the bookstore. Before I knew it- I was consumed by the clear writing and my genuine interest in Reagan's powerful wife. I was intrigued to learn that Nancy was referred to as Dragon Lady and the big B word. My perception of her prior to this book was wrong. Read this book in one night. It's easy and fast.
"If I ache, it's because we are apart
and yet that can't be,
because you are inside and a part of me,
so we really aren't apart at all.
Yet I ache, but wouldn't be without the ache,
because that would mean being without you
and that I can't be, because I love you."

Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004)

A wonderful account of true love & friendship.
rave review of Nancy Reagan - just not my cup of tea
I really enjoyed this book and found that although I had always admired her, I had a new respect for her as I read about some of the things she has accomplished.
A great look at Ron's better half
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