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When Character Was King

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Peggy Noonan

Narrated By: Peggy Noonan

Date: November 2001

Duration: 5 hours 15 minutes


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.


  • Tyson B.

    It's a great book, I really hadn't known much about Ronald Ragean and I believe I have a new found appreciation for him now. this book was a great source for my school book report and research.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Great book about a great man. It is interesting that it wasn't for sale at the Reagan Library when I visited there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Stephen White

    A good read, however it was too short. I felt like I was missing much of the detail that would have been very interesting. I would recommend the unabridged version or read the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Richard Zdanis

    OK....I'm not a Republican, but I DID vote for Ronald Reagan back in the 80's...and was a big supporter of his ideas. HOWEVER, you don't have to be a fan of Ronald Reagan to like this book. It is full of information and concepts that are clearly identified through the telling of his life. This is a "must" for those of us looking to climb higher in our careers and life! 5 STARS!

  • Anonymous

    As a HUGE fan of Ronald Reagan I found this account of him very touching and inspiring. Very glad to have listened to it.

  • William Correll

    Good insights on Regan from a Whitehouse staffer's point-of-view. I loved listening this one - but then again I loved the Gipper.

  • Barbara

    This was a marvelous book. It was clear, concise and well read. I learned so much about a man that I have long admired but his time in history is a little before my time and now I have the details to go along with the admiration.

  • Doug Boling

    Anyone who loves history and people who change it will find it awe inspiring. It was great.

  • Anonymous

    With President Reagan’s passing last year, I felt compelled to learn more about him. This book was really great and I found myself looking forward to my commutes when I listen. Peggy Noonan, who wrote it, also narrated it superbly. Learning about him as a person versus a politician had me repeatedly wishing I had known him. Learning about his contribution to our world touched me and gave me deep admiration for him and Nancy. Check it out!

  • Anonymous

    Peggy Noonan did a wonderful job writing and reading this book. It was a great story to listen to!

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