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My Turn: The Memoirs of Nancy Reagan
by Nancy Reagan
The former First Lady discusses her life, the Reagan administration, her shaky relationship with her children and key White House personnel, her husband's involvement in the Iran-Contra affair, and her bout with cancer.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 18th 1989 by Random House
(first published January 1st 1989)
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This is a very fast read, and worth it particularly for the perspective it provides on nancy reagan's white house years. There are some novel revelations about the people and the guiding principles that shaped domestic and international policy in the 80s. Largely, however, mrs reagan uses the device of "memoirs" to rebut all the erroneous information reported about her during her 8 years in washington. It is also used to alternately praise and admonish her children with whom it seems she is not ...more
Yes, it was terrible and filled with lies. What I do realize from reading this book was Ronnie was a pretty much a white knight, staring down evil and vanquishing foes. He never played any political game, and always acted and responded honorably when someone was playing unfair. She literally talked about how on the cloudy inauguration day, the skies parted and the sun shone upon Reagan for the duration of his swearing in, then went back to being cloudy! For both his Governorship and 1st Presiden ...more
This memoir is on Nancy Reagan who is a former first lady of the United States, the widow of former President Ronald Reagan. I really liked this book because of how detailed it is on the lives of Nancy and Ronald Reagan while they were still the first family. I also liked it because of the vivid language that is used which at times made me feel as if I were Nancy dealing with all the stress that come with such a job. Unfortunately, I disliked the fact that Nancy tried to always put the blame on ...more
this was a little like reading Stephen King's book on the JFK assasination (nov '63 but the date?) it looks at personalities and how they mesh to create the big events of the times. She rightfully sees herself as a minor player, but her observations are keen, and her loyalties are genuine. I would like living next door to Nancy Reagan.
I have always been a huge fan of President Reagan. I would rate this book 3.5 stars. I admire Nancy Reagan, but at times the book was a bit "defensive". The sections on the Election/Asassination Attempt and the Gorbachevs were by far my favorite. Very enlightening.
I think this would have been better if I was older to appreciate what President Reagan did for our country. I was born in the late 70s, so a lot of his presidency I wasn't very old. :) But even so, Nancy's book paints a beautiful picture of what happened.
Nancy Davis Reagan was born Anne Frances Robbins. She was an American actress and the wife of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. She was the First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989.More about Nancy Reagan...