The Triumph of Nancy Reagan

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Simon & Schuster
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6.4 X 9.1 X 2.2 inches | 1.85 pounds

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About the Author

Karen Tumulty is a political columnist for The Washington Post. Before joining the Post, Tumulty wrote for Time magazine. She is based in Washington, DC.


"Washington Post columnist Tumulty debuts with an astute reassessment of former first lady Nancy Reagan, a woman who "America never quite figured out." ... The book's greatest strength is the nuanced, in-depth portrayal of the Reagans' relationship and Nancy's fierce stewardship of her husband's political goals. The result is a complex and engrossing portrait of one of the 20th century's most quietly influential political figures." -- Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"Luminous... The definitive biography of the woman who drove her husband's presidential ambitions--a shoo-in for the silver screen." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Recounts every known detail of this driven, complicated woman's life... Chapters detail how Nancy persistently assisted and manipulated her husband's political career, and explore her reputation as a kingmaker who exerted profound influence over matters large and small, increasingly so as her husband succumbed to Alzheimer's... Expect high demand." -- Booklist (starred review)

"In this riveting, beautifully written portrait, Nancy Reagan assumes her rightful place as her husband's most powerful and influential advisor. A masterful storyteller, Tumulty captures our interest and our emotions from beginning to end. This work will remain the gold standard of books on First Ladies for generations to come."-- Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leadership

"Nancy Reagan was the most influential and complex First Lady of our time. She was guided not by ideology or her own agenda but by one thing: what was best for her husband. With great reporting and insight, Tumulty shows how she shaped his image and his presidency." - Walter Isaacson, New York Times bestselling author of The Code Breaker

"Tumulty has given us a compelling and illuminating portrait of the woman who never faltered in her love for--and protection of--Ronald Reagan. An engaging addition to the literature of the consequential Age of Reagan." --Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Truth is Marching On

"A brilliant and incandescent biography of one of America's most influential first ladies. Every chapter shines with fresh vignettes, historical insights, unabashed intimacy, and delightful storytelling. Nancy Reagan always exuded a fierce and clear-eyed pragmatism that got important things accomplished for American democracy. The love story between Ronnie and Nancy is pure magic." --Douglas Brinkley, Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and professor of history at Rice University and editor of The Reagan Diaries

"Tumulty manages to disclose so much that we didn't know about her personal demons and her remarkable role as Ronald Reagan's crucial partner. This is the definitive biography of a woman at the center of American politics for a generation." --Susan Page, USA Today Washington bureau chief and author of The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty

"Penetrating ... Readers of this remarkable book will realize how much Ronald Reagan needed Nancy Reagan. He could not have been president without her." - Lou Cannon, author of Governor Reagan and President Reagan

"The wonderful Karen Tumulty has brought us a shrewd and fascinating portrait, with new revelations and insights, of a glittering and complex figure who was one of the most consequential women in American history."--Michael Beschloss, New York Times bestselling author of Presidents of War
"Tumulty does a great service in her new book by taking us behind the public façade. The Triumph of Nancy Reagan is a detailed, insightful, and gossipy look... ultimately succeeds in bringing the subject to life." -- Common Reader