The President Will See You Now (Hardcover)

My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan's Final Years

By Peggy Grande

Hachette Books, 9780316396455, 272pp.

Publication Date: February 21, 2017

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Description

"Peggy Grande's memoir is the book to read on Ronald Reagan's post-presidential years.... Among the most unique and touching [books] ever done on the man... Wonderful."--The American Spectator

In The President Will See You Now, devoted Reagan insider Peggy Grande shares behind-the-scenes stories, intimate moments, and insights into one of America's most beloved presidents. Grande, who started in the Office of Ronald Reagan as a college student and earned her way into a coveted role as the president's Executive Assistant, offers an unparalleled perspective on the post-presidency of a political icon.

Grande's stories and never-before-seen photos show a unique, private side to a public figure and leader who reshaped conservatism, ushered in an era of prosperity, and helped spur the end of the Cold War. Grande reveals what day-to-day life was like in Reagan's California office, including the former president's relationship with the First Lady and his interactions with friends, world leaders, and everyday Americans. Grande recalls how Reagan kept a vigorous schedule for years after he left the White House, his robust engagement with others, and ongoing political advocacy. Despite his eventual Alzheimer's diagnosis, Grande shows how Ronald Reagan remained true to core beliefs, his gentlemanly kindness, and his undying hope for his country.

Today the Reagan legacy looms over American politics more than ever. Grande reminds readers why: When Ronald Reagan was president, we not only loved ourselves but also loved America, and the American values he represented: faith, optimism, and patriotism.


About the Author

Peggy Grande worked in the Office of Ronald Reagan in Los Angeles, CA, from 1989-1999. As a keynote speaker to corporate executives, political organizations, executive assistants, and student groups, Grande inspires audiences with timeless Reagan lessons and principles. A graduate of Pepperdine University, she lives in a suburb of Los Angeles, CA, with her husband, her four children, and two dogs, including Mrs. Reagan's dog, Dutchess.


Praise For The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan's Final Years

"Peggy Grande had
a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve President Reagan after his
presidency, and we are fortunate to have her stories.... This is a fresh look at
a wonderful man who continues to inspire long after he served our country."—Dana Perino, White House Press Secretary for George W. Bush and bestselling author of And the Good News Is... and Let Me Tell You about Jasper...

"Throughout our country's history, our leaders and
icons have been brought to life by those who knew them best. We are fortunate
that Peggy Grande shares her time with one of our most beloved presidents. The
President Will See You Now
is a gift to all Americans."—RoseMarie Terenzio, New York Times bestselling author of Fairy Tale Interrupted

"Peggy Grande had
a front row seat to the final years of Ronald Reagan's remarkable life. In The President
Will See You Now
, she shares
amazing stories and renews our respect for such a remarkable leader. Peggy's
insights remind us of President Reagan's eternal optimism and belief in the
American people. For those who love Reagan, it is a must read."—Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin

"In The President
Will See You Now
, Peggy Grande has given us an inspiring portrait of Ronald
Reagan, whose integrity brought out the best in everyone around him. Peggy's
stories--from the love story of the president's marriage with Nancy, to the way
he welcomed everyday Americans into his office, and especially her own
inspiring journey as one of the president's closest aides--are a powerful vision
of positive leadership. I cannot recommend this book enough."—Jon Gordon, bestselling author of The Energy Bus

"As a friend and colleague of President Reagan, I know how close Peggy
was to him and her account of such a privileged association makes for a
marvelous and exciting read. For anyone interested in finding out what
Ronald Reagan was really like, up-close and personal, Peggy's book is an
absolute must read. I found it fascinating and revealing from beginning to
end!"—The Right Honorable Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada

"We all have the
ability to stand out in a crowd-to use our personality to our natural
advantage, fascinate others, and make a difference. The President
Will See You Now
illustrates how
true this is not only for its subject, Ronald Reagan, who achieved the
highest office in our land, but also for its author, Peggy Grande, who was
still a college student when she landed the job of a lifetime. This is a
fascinating journey inside a private world."—Sally Hogshead, New York Times bestselling author of Fascinate and How the World Sees You

"Don't miss this
shining book on a hill. Rather than the typical biography of our nation's 40th
president that either slams him from the Left or lionizes him from the Right,
Grande shows us the man in full. Unforgettable."—Ed Henry, journalist and author of 42 Faith: The Rest of the Jackie Robinson Story

"Peggy's book
reminds us of Ronald Reagan the man as well as his presidency, surely one of
the most consequential of the twentieth century. She shares the day-to-day
workings of his post-presidency office and the joy of working for such an
amiable, warm, and humble man, who championed American values and principles.
She also shares the heartbreaking moment toward the end of his life when he was
diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and the touching note he wrote to the public in
which he said, 'When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave
with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its
future.' Pure Ronald Reagan and a beautiful story from someone who had the
privilege of seeing him every day for years. A great read!"—Jim Angle, retired Chief National Correspondent, Fox News Channel

"Peggy's book is
beautifully written, and it is far more than just an intimate picture of a
wonderful man. Her attention to detail is like a personal visit with the
man himself. As I read through the book, often lingering on meaningful
paragraphs, I felt I was reliving my long friendship with President Reagan-and
that I had been given a time-capsule chance to experience his warmth and
kindness again. The President
Will See You Now

is a wonderful book that I will savor again and again."—Pat Boone


"A timely and revelatory reflection on the
former president's conservative ideals."—Harper's Bazaar


"[The President Will See You Now] is a tale very much worth reading...Grande is exactly the kind of sunny storyteller that,
in fact, Reagan himself was.... The warm glow of Grande's memories suffuses these pages, and
the book fills a lacunae in Reagan's long public life."—Open Letters Monthly


"Takes readers on a
behind-the-scenes look at the daily life of a former president... A masterfully
woven account.... Peels back the layers of Reagan's persona to reveal--without
having to come right out and say it--the depth of the man's honor and integrity."—American Rifleman, Official Journal of the NRA

"Peggy Grande's memoir is the book to read on Ronald
Reagan's post-presidential years.... Among the most unique and touching [books]
ever done on the man... A fascinating and at times even beautiful portrait by
someone clearly called to do what she did.... Kudos to Peggy Grande. She has
given us a wonderful work on the final years of Ronald Reagan that she alone
could have delivered."—The American Spectator