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Nancy Reagan : on the White House stage

Author: James G Benze
Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, ©2005.
Series: Modern first ladies.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"James Benze is the first biographer to discuss the effect of Nancy Reagan's acting background on her tenure as first lady. Unlike earlier biographers, he focuses on the way she applied her acting skills to meet the demands of her greatest supporting role." "Benze portrays Nancy Reagan as a forceful presence behind the Oval Office's closed doors, unafraid to take on Donald Regan or Oliver North. He documents her
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Benze, James G.
Nancy Reagan.
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2005
(OCoLC)607577526
Online version:
Benze, James G.
Nancy Reagan.
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2005
(OCoLC)608639111
Named Person: Nancy Reagan; Nancy Reagan; Nancy Reagan
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James G Benze
ISBN: 070061401X 9780700614011
OCLC Number: 58789375
Description: xi, 216 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A supporting actor comes of age --
Learning the role of first lady --Nancy Reagan, casting director --
Living under the lights --
Nancy Reagan, screenwriter --
The curtain falls.
Series Title: Modern first ladies.
Responsibility: James G. Benze, Jr.
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"James Benze is the first biographer to discuss the effect of Nancy Reagan's acting background on her tenure as first lady. Unlike earlier biographers, he focuses on the way she applied her acting skills to meet the demands of her greatest supporting role." "Benze portrays Nancy Reagan as a forceful presence behind the Oval Office's closed doors, unafraid to take on Donald Regan or Oliver North. He documents her clear influence on presidential appointments, links her quirky penchant for astrology to her show-business past, and traces the creation of the "Just Say No" program to her years in Sacramento, showing that it far exceeded the public-relations motivation that her detractors claimed.".

"Benze reveals how living on a public stage exacerbated the problems in the Reagans' relationship with their children, which went from bad to worse during the White House years. He also covers Nancy Reagan's post-Washington life, including her vigilant care of the president as he struggled with Alzheimer's disease and her subsequent advocacy of stem-cell research, which put her at odds with the GOP.".

"While Ronald Reagan was the star performer of his presidency, his wife glided elegantly at his side as an accomplished co-star. Benze's book strikes a balance between the images of adoring helpmate and manipulative manager, showing us the woman behind the stereotypes and offering a more objective understanding of her place in the history of presidential wives."--BOOK JACKET.

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