A word about the “The Reagan Diaries” [Douglas Brinkley, editor. HarperCollins Publishers. 2007.]
Unlike memiors and autobiographies that can be proof-read and edited before publication, The Reagan Diaries are a hand-written journal with cursory sentences, as if to be reminders. The work was never meant to be published. As such, Reagan is candid with his opinions, observations, religious convictions, political convictions and emotions as much as day to day national and international affairs. Indeed, one almost feels like a voyeur, viewing something meant to be personal and private. Which makes The Reagan Diaries all the more credible and a rare insight into the mind and character of a President.
Whenever historic events are related to the Reagan Administration, I would put The Reagan Diaries above any other source that is accessible.
Whenever I transcribe The Reagan Diaries, feel priviliged. Your are reading the innermost thoughts of a President–the only daily presidential diary in American history.