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To be press secretary for the American President is to be uniquely in the know about all that happens in the most important office on Earth, the White House. For six years -- longer than any of his predecessors save for Jim Haggerty, Eisenhower's secretary -- Larry Speakes occupied this hot seat for President Ronald Reagan. Now, in his aptly titled account, Speakes recount To be press secretary for the American President is to be uniquely in the know about all that happens in the most important office on Earth, the White House. For six years -- longer than any of his predecessors save for Jim Haggerty, Eisenhower's secretary -- Larry Speakes occupied this hot seat for President Ronald Reagan. Now, in his aptly titled account, Speakes recounts the inside story of the Reagan presidency with candor and an uninhibited independence that make Speaking Out not only captivating and sometimes shocking but also essential reading for Americans who want to learn about the untold story of the Reagan administration. Speakes, already a veteran press officer for Presidents Nixon and Ford and Senators Dole and Eastland, took over in 1981, the day chief spokesman Jim Brady was shot in the Hinckley assassination attempt on President Reagan. Now, he takes us behind the scenes to tell what really happened -- in the Reagan-Gorbachev summits, the hostage crisis, the Marcos ouster, the Lebanon embassy bombing, Reagan's cancer, the Achille Lauro incident, the Danilof affair, the Libyan bombing, the Challenger,/i>, the Iran-Contra affair. Larry Speakes is a down-home Mississippian and has the Southerner's special gift for anecdote and an unerring shrewdness about people coupled with earthy humor. His uncensored assessments of media celebrities like George Will, Sam Donaldson, Chris Wallace, and Lesley Stahl, whom he met with day in and day out, will surprise readers. His freewheeling perceptions of the Reagan Presidency's cast of characters, from the President himself and the First Lady to Poindexter, North, McFarlane, Meese, et. al. will titillate, enrage, but, above all, inform.


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To be press secretary for the American President is to be uniquely in the know about all that happens in the most important office on Earth, the White House. For six years -- longer than any of his predecessors save for Jim Haggerty, Eisenhower's secretary -- Larry Speakes occupied this hot seat for President Ronald Reagan. Now, in his aptly titled account, Speakes recount To be press secretary for the American President is to be uniquely in the know about all that happens in the most important office on Earth, the White House. For six years -- longer than any of his predecessors save for Jim Haggerty, Eisenhower's secretary -- Larry Speakes occupied this hot seat for President Ronald Reagan. Now, in his aptly titled account, Speakes recounts the inside story of the Reagan presidency with candor and an uninhibited independence that make Speaking Out not only captivating and sometimes shocking but also essential reading for Americans who want to learn about the untold story of the Reagan administration. Speakes, already a veteran press officer for Presidents Nixon and Ford and Senators Dole and Eastland, took over in 1981, the day chief spokesman Jim Brady was shot in the Hinckley assassination attempt on President Reagan. Now, he takes us behind the scenes to tell what really happened -- in the Reagan-Gorbachev summits, the hostage crisis, the Marcos ouster, the Lebanon embassy bombing, Reagan's cancer, the Achille Lauro incident, the Danilof affair, the Libyan bombing, the Challenger,/i>, the Iran-Contra affair. Larry Speakes is a down-home Mississippian and has the Southerner's special gift for anecdote and an unerring shrewdness about people coupled with earthy humor. His uncensored assessments of media celebrities like George Will, Sam Donaldson, Chris Wallace, and Lesley Stahl, whom he met with day in and day out, will surprise readers. His freewheeling perceptions of the Reagan Presidency's cast of characters, from the President himself and the First Lady to Poindexter, North, McFarlane, Meese, et. al. will titillate, enrage, but, above all, inform.

33 review for Speaking Out: The Reagan Presidency from Inside the White House

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Interesting look into the inside of the Regan White House from the spokesman's viewpoint. Great book for public relations/affairs people wanting an look at how media relations really works and the responsibilities of the press secretary/spokesperson/etc. 1) Always tell the press the truth, 2) Be as transparent as you can be, 3) Don't put your reputation on the line if your source won't go on the record (have the facts to back it up!), 4) Never make up a quote and attribute it to someone else, 5) Interesting look into the inside of the Regan White House from the spokesman's viewpoint. Great book for public relations/affairs people wanting an look at how media relations really works and the responsibilities of the press secretary/spokesperson/etc. 1) Always tell the press the truth, 2) Be as transparent as you can be, 3) Don't put your reputation on the line if your source won't go on the record (have the facts to back it up!), 4) Never make up a quote and attribute it to someone else, 5) Always have an emergency communications action plan or crisis plan, 6) Stay on the good side of the significant other's good side if you value their influence on the person you really want to reach, 7) Use humor when appropriate (it can diffuse difficult situations, set people at ease, make you more likeable, keeps things interesting and helps hold the attention of others at boring press conferences), 8) Press conferences are overrated and allow members of the press to grandstand - have them only when completely necessary and stay on point, 9) Always leave at the appointed time or you may risk saying more than you want/should, 10) Insist you are included on all important meetings and on policy items so you know what is going on and don't get screwed later, 11) No matter what the organization or administration's policy or stance is, you can still hold yourself to the highest ethical standards -- keep your reputation at all costs

  2. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Graney

    Ronald Reagan's press secretary settles some scores. Ronald Reagan's press secretary settles some scores.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    A good look at how the Reagan Administration worked.

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