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When Character Was King

Peggy Noonan

From the bestselling author of What I Saw at the Revolution comes an elegiac tribute to one of America's most beloved leaders. It is twenty years-a full generation-since Ronald Reagan first walked into the White House and ignited a revolution. From the beginning, he enjoyed the American people's affection but now, as he approaches the end of his life, he has received what he deserved even more: their deep respect. What was the wellspring of his greatness? Peggy Noonan, bestselling author of the classic Reagan-era memoir What I Saw at the Revolution, former speechwriter, and now a columnist and contributing editor for The Wall Street Journal, argues that the secret of Reagan's success was no secret at all. It was his character-his courage, his kindness, his persistence, his honesty, and his almost heroic patience in the face of setbacks-that was the most important element of his success. The one thing a man must bring into the White House with him if he is to succeed, Noonan contends, is a character that people come to recognize as high, sturdy, and reliable. Noonan, renowned for her special insight into Ronald Reagan's history and personality, brings her own reflections to Reagan to bear in When Character Was King and discloses never-before-told stories from the former president's family, friends, and White House colleagues to reveal the true nature of a man even his opponents now view as a maker of big history. Marked by incisive wit and elegant prose, When Character Was King will enlighten and move readers.

From the bestselling author of What I Saw at the Revolution comes an elegiac tribute to one of America's most beloved leaders. It is twenty years-a full generation-since Ronald Reagan first walked into the White House and ignited a revolution. From the beginning, he enjoyed the American people's affection but now, as he approaches the end of his life, he has received what he deserved even more: their deep respect. What was the wellspring of his greatness? Peggy Noonan, bestselling author of the classic Reagan-era memoir What I Saw at the Revolution, former speechwriter, and now a columnist and contributing editor for The Wall Street Journal, argues that the secret of Reagan's success was no secret at all. It was his character-his courage, his kindness, his persistence, his honesty, and his almost heroic patience in the face of setbacks-that was the most important element of his success. The one thing a man must bring into the White House with him if he is to succeed, Noonan contends, is a character that people come to recognize as high, sturdy, and reliable. Noonan, renowned for her special insight into Ronald Reagan's history and personality, brings her own reflections to Reagan to bear in When Character Was King and discloses never-before-told stories from the former president's family, friends, and White House colleagues to reveal the true nature of a man even his opponents now view as a maker of big history. Marked by incisive wit and elegant prose, When Character Was King will enlighten and move readers.
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From the bestselling author of What I Saw at the Revolution comes an elegiac tribute to one of America's most beloved leaders. It is twenty years-a full generation-since Ronald Reagan first walked into the White House and ignited a revolution. From the beginning, he enjoyed the American people's affection but now, as he approaches the end of his life, he has received what he deserved even more: their deep respect. What was the wellspring of his greatness? Peggy Noonan, bestselling author of the classic Reagan-era memoir What I Saw at the Revolution, former speechwriter, and now a columnist and contributing editor for The Wall Street Journal, argues that the secret of Reagan's success was no secret at all. It was his character-his courage, his kindness, his persistence, his honesty, and his almost heroic patience in the face of setbacks-that was the most important element of his success. The one thing a man must bring into the White House with him if he is to succeed, Noonan contends, is a character that people come to recognize as high, sturdy, and reliable. Noonan, renowned for her special insight into Ronald Reagan's history and personality, brings her own reflections to Reagan to bear in When Character Was King and discloses never-before-told stories from the former president's family, friends, and White House colleagues to reveal the true nature of a man even his opponents now view as a maker of big history. Marked by incisive wit and elegant prose, When Character Was King will enlighten and move readers.

Language:

English

Length:

5h 24m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:10


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:14


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:26


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:06


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:53


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:41


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:19


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:45


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:36


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:18


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:24


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:36


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:14


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:30


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:44


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:55


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:53


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:06


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:06


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:43


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:08


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:17


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:07


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:36


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:09


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:09