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Six years in the making--with unprecedented access to Nancy Reagan and the couple's closest friends--here is the first volume in the definitive portrait of the remarkable, career-building partnership between Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis. 16-page photo insert.


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Six years in the making--with unprecedented access to Nancy Reagan and the couple's closest friends--here is the first volume in the definitive portrait of the remarkable, career-building partnership between Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis. 16-page photo insert.

30 review for Ronnie and Nancy: Their Path to the White House--1911 to 1980

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen DuVall

    At some point I may go back and read the rest of this book but after 100 pages, I gave up. It was like reading a genealogy book on the Reagan and Davis families with as many quotes and names as he could squeeze onto a page. It was almost as if the author wanted to be sure to prove his research so he was sure you would believe him. When I left the book, the main characters had not made it to Hollywood yet but if he followed suit, those chapters would just be a series of name-dropping and quotes, At some point I may go back and read the rest of this book but after 100 pages, I gave up. It was like reading a genealogy book on the Reagan and Davis families with as many quotes and names as he could squeeze onto a page. It was almost as if the author wanted to be sure to prove his research so he was sure you would believe him. When I left the book, the main characters had not made it to Hollywood yet but if he followed suit, those chapters would just be a series of name-dropping and quotes, with little feeling or story behind them. Sometimes I wish I had read an excerpt from the book before buying it and that is certainly the case here.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary-alice Frank

    This is an easy, insightful read into the personalities of Ronnie and Nancy Regan. Whatever your politics, you would enjoy the story of their early lives without and with each other ( ends with the Presidential election).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    I will be straight up on this, Reagan is one of my least favorite presidents. I hate most of his policies, trickle down economics is one of the worst scams this country has ever seen, and his 'good 'ol boy' attitude infected just about every Republican afterward. However, this book actually made me kinda like Reagan as a person. I will admit that I didn't know a whole lot about Reagan before he became POTUS. I know he used to be an actor and didn't trust the Russians. This book taught me a lot a I will be straight up on this, Reagan is one of my least favorite presidents. I hate most of his policies, trickle down economics is one of the worst scams this country has ever seen, and his 'good 'ol boy' attitude infected just about every Republican afterward. However, this book actually made me kinda like Reagan as a person. I will admit that I didn't know a whole lot about Reagan before he became POTUS. I know he used to be an actor and didn't trust the Russians. This book taught me a lot and now it would seem as though Reagan was, at least at one point, a decent human being. That seemed to be one of the strengths of this book, that it focused on Reagan the person, stopped before his presidency, and touched very little on his politics. It went into a great deal of detail on his time as SAG president and I have a great deal of respect for him for not falling into the McCarthy hysteria. At the same time, I would expect a presidential biography to go into their policies and political career as well and not just glaze it over. It seems like this is the first half of like a two part biography. I guess I'll have to get a copy of the second half and go from there. One other thing I did really like about this book was how it explained the relationship between Ron and Nancy. The feud between Nancy Reagan and Betty Ford was super interesting. I also admire how she was a fierce ass bitch when it came to sticking up for her hubby. She had his back all the way and played the dutiful wife in front of the camera and mastered the same political games he did behind the scenes. I also liked how the beginning shifted back and forth between Ron's early history and Nancy's. Honestly, I'm really interested in her now and am gonna start trolling for Nancy bios. Please let me know if you have any recommendations on this front.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    In general, this was just not enjoyable to read. I appreciate biography and history when the story is well-told. I especially disliked the author's habit of analyzing other biographical accounts, as if he wanted to prove or justify how certain events were told elsewhere. I also found it boring to wade through the background and extra information about many other people and marginal events.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristal Cooper

    This is the first of Colacello's two biographical books about Ronald Reagan. This one covers his birth and growth to the Hollywood years, to meeting Nancy and how they won the White House. Reading it won't change your life, but it is an interesting foray into recent history.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Brown

    Very interesting, not quite a page turner but only because of so many facts and names to try and remember throughout the book. Lots of facts otherwise not known to me were revealed and kept the motivation going to complete this novel. A long read but well worth the time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Teri

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    James Strock

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Byrnes

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anne Schell

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lee

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jean Barkley

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Stewart

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rosa

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sherwood E Bridges

  18. 5 out of 5

    Claire Devlin

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jan Ryan

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Tremblay Wright

  21. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shyla

  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

    Melody

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wojcik

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carol Weaver

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  29. 4 out of 5

    ERIC BERG

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Hopkins

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