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Nancy: A Portrait of My Years with Nancy Reagan

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Candid, moving and insightful, Nancy is the most personal look at Nancy Davis Reagan ever published.
She was the daughter of a single mother. She was a Hollywood movie star. She is the wife of one of the greatest presidents of the twentieth century. She is a cancer survivor. And she now wages her greatest, unwinnable battle -- against her husband's Alzheimer's disease. Nanc
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 3rd 2004 by William Morrow (first published February 2004)
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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
Feb 22, 2009 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Fred Kohn
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really like Deaver's writing. I especially like that he tends to keep politics to a minimum in writing his biographies of the Reagans. I did find the swipes that he took at the Clintons annoying, but there weren't very many of those. ...more
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting to get a behind-the-scenes view of Nancy's role in Reagan presidency, but it's a little too much gushing over both of the Reagans. The author resorts to filling a lot of the last disc of the audiobook with letters and speeches she made -- felt like he ran out of material. ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting, quick read.
Dorry Lou
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading of this Nancy. I learned a lot about her that the public never knew.
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Very selective incidents in this book! It's combination biography and memoir (that contains no bibliography nor contents pages) and aims to be a semi-hagiography.

Deaver is a good and facile writer. He does his best to present Mrs. Reagan in a positive light and often succeeds in clarifying choices she made as First Lady that were criticized by the media and the public.

The book does suffer from his continuous criticism of "the liberal media." Annoying, unnecessarily provocative, and petty.

Jim B
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 & through D ...more
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Barb Innes
Mar 16, 2016 rated it liked it
After Mrs.Reagan died...I found I had purchased this book at the Library book sale. Meaningful book from one of President Reagan's closest advisors over 20+ years. Clear from this book how much Nancy loved her husband and very insightful. I forgot she was a backer of "Say no to Drugs" campaign. Having read this intimate portrayal of Nancy...
I am ready to read Bill O'Reilly's book on Killing Reagan!
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Aug 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"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.
Mary Jo
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well-written book about Nancy Reagan and her relationship with Ronald Reagan. Michael Deaver presents Nancy's story with class and affection. I have always been a fan of Nancy and Ronald Reagan, and this book just enhanced that and gave me even more reason to respect them both. ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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