When character was king? Ronald Reagan and the issues of ethics and morality

Kyle Longley

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In 2001, a former speechwriter for President Reagan, Peggy Noonan, wrote a book, When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan. She emphasized, “He was a giant. He was our giant, a giant of history; we know that now, and we wish we could put our arms around him and rock him to sleep.” Reagan’s strength, according to Noonan, was that “he had courage. He always tried to do what he thought was right. And when doing what was right demanded from him great effort or patience or tenacity, or made him the focus of unending attacks and criticism, he summoned from within the patience and the tenacity and the courage to face it all.... And when his great work was finished he left, and went peacefully home.”

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDeconstructing Reagan
Subtitle of host publicationConservative Mythology and America's Fortieth President
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781317473244
ISBN (Print)0765615908, 9780765615916
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • General Social Sciences


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