On the hundredth anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth comes the twentieth-anniversary edition of Peggy Noonan’s critically acclaimed bestseller What I Saw at the Revolution, for which she provides a new Preface that demonstrates this book’s timeless relevance. As a special assistant to the president, Noonan worked with Ronald Reagan—and with Vice President George H. W. Bush—on some of their most memorable speeches. Noonan shows us the world behind the words, and her sharp, vivid portraits of President Reagan and a host of Washington’s movers and shakers are rendered in inimitable, witty prose. Her priceless account of what it was like to be a speechwriter among bureaucrats, and a woman in the last bastion of male power, makes this a Washington memoir that breaks the mold—as spirited, sensitive, and thoughtful as Peggy Noonan herself.
About the Author
Peggy Noonan, a former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, is currently a columnist and contributing editor at the Wall Street Journal. She is also the author of When Character Was King, John Paul the Great, and other bestsellers. She lives in Manhattan, New York.
“A welcome oasis in the desert of political memoirs... likely to be the most honest, lucid and enjoyable look at the Reagan White House that we’ll get.”
—The Dallas Morning News
“An engaging book, the story of how a plucky and talented young person literally wrote her way into a previously all-male domain.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“Noonan has written the funniest, most richly textured, nervously self-effacing and deftly observed political memoir...to come out of the 1980s.” —Time