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Ronnie and Nancy by Bob Colacello

Ronnie and Nancy

by Bob Colacello

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There has been so much written about the Reagans what more can be added ? While this book does flesh out some details it does not add a great deal to the record. However, it is an interesting read. ( )
  carterchristian1 | Jul 20, 2009 |
This is a gossipy and somewhat researched volume by Vanity Fair correspondent Bob Colacello. It is written in the style of a Hollywood tell-all so although of limited historical value it does reveal some of the inner dynamic between Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Since this is as close as we will get to a Nancy-penned biography, this will have to do. The fearsome Nancy jealously guarded Ronnie, and his legacy, and once she allowed Colacello unlimited access to her vault, she must have trusted him to present her version of the truth. Thus, we gain greater access to points largely revealed previously but in greater detail: her somewhat humble and embarrassing acting career and early family life, Ronnie's limitations and indiscretions, her troubled relationship with her own and Ronnie's children. It is a breezy read which Reagan fans will enjoy to bolster their revered image of the "Great Communicator" legacy.
  gmicksmith | Jun 27, 2008 |
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Ronnie and Nancy: he was born in modest circumstances in rural Illinois; she grew up in an enclave of Chicago in an atmosphere of privilege and high expectation. He would learn early on the value of befriending the monied and powerful...she would become the pet project of her ex-actress mother, thrust repeatedly into Hollywood circles and taught over and over again the value of connections. Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis couldn't have been more unlike in their origins - or more alike in their awareness of the value that can be extracted from relationships. Over the course of decades they elevated the social to an art form. Who better to chronicle that journey from obscurity to Hollywood's most talked about couple to ultimate political game players than Vanity Fair writer and ex-Interview Magazine's editor-in-chief Bob Colacello. In researching this book, which has been six years in the writing, Colacello has spent thousands of hours interviewing Nancy Regan as well as hundreds of Reagan intimates. This is a monumental work.

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"He was the son of an alcoholic shoe salesman. She was the adopted daughter of a wealthy doctor. Both Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis learned the value of cultivating the right friendships when they were young. Ronnie found his first marriage and political ambitions at irreconcilable odds, but when he met Nancy, one of the most remarkable career-building and romantic partnerships of all time was born." "Now comes the definitive portrait of America's First Couple, in a book that is at once a political saga, a social history, and an unforgettable love story." "With unprecedented access to Nancy Reagan, her personal papers, and the couple's closest friends - including many who have spoken on the record for the first time - Bob Colacello sheds light on the Reagans' early years and the development of the future president's political ideas. Delving into their Hollywood careers, Ronald Reagan's marriage to actress Jane Wyman, and the Reagans' complicated relationship with their children, Colacello sets the record straight about the most private aspects of their lives." "Most of all, he reveals how the Reagans perfected their social skills into an art form, rising through fashionable Los Angeles society to the governor's mansion in Sacramento in 1967 and to the front door of the White House in 1980. Behind them, helping them climb from one peak to the next, was the Group, a clique of wealthy men and glamorous wives that would wield tremendous power throughout Ronald Reagan's political life."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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