I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan

I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan

by Nancy Reagan, Ronald Reagan


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No matter what else was going on in his life or where he was—traveling to make movies, at the White House, or sometimes just across the room—Ronald Reagan wrote letters to Nancy Reagan, to express his love, thoughts, and feelings, and to stay in touch. Through these extraordinary letters and reflections, the private character and life of an American president and his first lady are revealed. Nancy Reagan reflects with love and insight on the letters, on her husband, and on the many phases of their life together. A love story spanning half a century and the private life of this classic American couple come vividly alive in this rare and inspiring book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375760518
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/26/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 420,356
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ronald and Nancy Reagan were America's president and first lady from 1981 to 1989.

Nancy Reagan was born in New York, was raised in Chicago, and attended Smith College. During the summers before graduation, she worked in summer-stock theater productions. In New York, she appeared on Broadway, including in Lute Song with Mary Martin. She was signed by MGM, and she made eight motion pictures for the studio before leaving to marry Ronald Reagan. She is the author of a memoir, My Turn.

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Feb. 14,1977

Dear St. Valentine,

I'm writing to you about a beautiful young lady who has been in this household for 25 years now—come March 4.

I have a request to make of you but before doing so feel you should know more about her. For one thing she has 2 hearts—her own and mine. I'm not complaining. I gave her mine willingingly, and like it right where it is. Her name is Nancy but for some time now I've called her Mommie and don't believe I could change.

My request of you is—could you on this day whisper in her ear that someone loves her ver much and more and more each day? Also tell her, this "Someone" would run down like a dollar clock without her so she must always stay where she is.

Then tell her if she wants to know who that "Someone" is to just turn her head to the left. I'll be across the room waiting to see if you told her. If you'll do this for me, I'll be very happy knowing that she knows I love her with all my heart.

Thank you,
Dear Mrs. Reagan

And you are Mrs. Reagan because Mr. Reagan loves you with all his heart. Every time Mr. Reagan sees the evening star or blows out the birthday candles or gets the big end of the wishbone he thinks the same wish—a prayer really—that so much happiness will go on and somehow be deserved by him.

It is true sometimes that Mr. Reagan loses his temper and slams a door but that's because he can't cry or stamp his foot—(he isn't really the type.) But mad or glad Mr. Reagan is head over heels in love with Mrs. Reagan and can't even imagine a world without her—

He loves her

        Mr. Reagan
Dear Wife,

A few days ago you told me I was angry with you. I tried to explain I was frustrated with myself. But later on I realized that my frustration might have been a touch of self-pity because I'd been going around feeling that you are frequently angry with me.

No more. We are so much "one" that you are as vital to me as my own heart—with one exception; you could never be replaced with a transplant.

Whatever I treasure and enjoy—this home, our ranch, the sight of the sea—all would be without meaning if I didn't have you. I live in a permanent Christmas because God gave me you. As I write this, you are hurrying by—back and forth doing those things only you can do and I get a feeling of warm happiness just watching you. That's why I can't pass you or let you pass me without reaching to touch you. (Except now or you would see what I'm doing.)

I'll write no more because I'm going to catch up with you wherever you are and hold you for a moment.

Merry Christmas Darling—I love you with all my heart.

Your Husband

Dear Mrs. Reagan,

Your loving, faithful devotion has been observed these 19 (some say 20) years. There are no words to describe the happiness you have brought to the Gov. It is no secret that he is the most married man in the world and would be totally lost and desolate without you.        It seemed to me you should know this and be aware of how essential you are in this man's life. By his own admission, he is completely in love with you and happier than even a Gov. deserves.

With Love & Appreciation

        —Your In Luv Guv.

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I Love You, Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have purchased 2 copies of this book. I bought the paperback first as a gift for the man in my life. He loves the book and frequently reads to me from it! I then purchased the hardcover addition to have in our libray, since it is one of our favorite reads. Every couple should have it and read it often......TRUE LOVE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gosh wasn't it wonderful when we had a 'President and First Lady' representing our country who were/are moral role models for the younger generation??? I want to read the Love Letters Bill wrote Hilary, or would that be Monica Lewinsky? No, Jennifer Flowers, or Barbara Streisand???? This book captures the true essence of the type of people the Reagans are. It reminds us that despite the moral decline of todays society, there is still true/pure love to have faith in. The Reagans is a real love story. Nancys devotion and strength through these past difficult years shines through in this touching tribute to a great man!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'I love you ronnie' is a very special collection that first lady nancy reagan put together of her years with ronald reagan from his being sworn in as being the governor of california to the president of the us. 90% of these are special and very meaningful love letters and cards between the president and the first lady and the rest of the letters are fasinating corespondence that the great communicator kept with certain world leaders. what makes this book special is the reagans didnt have a computer and wrote daily and didnt have e mails at this time so this makes a very historical document and a real treasure to read and enjoy and get to know the reagans alittle better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ronald Reagan has been my hero since the sixth grade. A President who could be respected! When I saw this book I bought it for my mom to read and gave it to her for Christmas. After looking at the forward and crying I bought myself one and read it in two nights. It truly is a love story and allows anyone who reads it to see another side to the man who was so admired. It is nice to know - having read his own words - that the romance we saw everytime they were shown together was real and lasting and not just some staged act. I am very grateful to Mrs. Reagan for allowing those of us who want to know more about the man to read these letters. I know it was a mixture of pleasure and pain for her to write, but as she noted in her forward she wanted everyone to have an opportunity to read these and once they are put in the archives at the Reagan Library very few will get the chance. What a great legacy he leaves. I cried at the beginning, laughed in the middle, and cried at the end. I definitely recommend investing in this book as a keepsake if nothing else.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My fellow Y-chromozones: Afraid to bear your soul to that special someone? Scared of showing your true emotions because you're afraid it will emit weakness? Hmmm? Mr. Reagan proved that it takes quite the individual to become the President of the United States of America. It's a one-in-a-million kind of job. And, although his decisions from the oval office were constantly affecting billions of people around the world, his love notes have proven that his heart has always belonged to one. The only one that should matter, his wife. You don't have to read between the lines to understand that if push came to shove, Mr. Reagan was prepared to give up the most powerful position in the world for the love of Nancy at any given moment. Guys,... buy the book, store it in the tool box, cry in the garage if you have to but, for goodness sake's, start loving the 'Mrs.' like Ronnie loved Nancy. Overall picture: It makes for a stronger family unit, better neighborhoods, livable cities and one great nation. A tip of the hat from Texas, Mr. Reagan. God Bless. Oh yeah, by the way, Lee-Ann, I love you and thanks for our beautiful son.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have an extensive political library which covers every topic from Just war theory, American foreign and domestic policies, Presidential Bio's and Congressional Process but I must say that no library of any kind would be compleat without I love you Ronnie: The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy. Put your politics aside folks this one is a must for historians and romantic Buffs alike. Reagans heart and love for his wife is the real deal. The book gives a human touch to the man most of us saw only in the role of President. His letters show a man who took love and life and commitment both personaly and professionaly very seriously. That Reagan with all sincerity, adored and cherished his wife is evident in every correspondance. Beyond Devotion his letters to his beloved Nancy demonstrate that he possesed a gental humor-usually aimed at himself and a tender appreciation of every moment of life. As a Republican you might expect me to love this book but let me assure you my good friend - (a life long Democrat) read my copy then went out to buy her own...her quote sums it up best...' I wish he were running today...I would vote for him...he won me over with one letter...' A great read and and wonderful testiment in this cynical political age demonstrating that not all politicians are cut from the same cloth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went into this book not expecting to feel anything. I was wrong. This book was spectacular. I can only say that it reminded me of Nicholas Sparks' book 'The Notebook'. The only difference being the obvious, President and Mrs. Reagan are world known, and this is a true love story. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a real romance.
carterchristian1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This may well be the last president to leave letters to his wife behind.Soon we will be reprinting emails, even text messages. The book is nicely done with photographs, copies of a valentine,Thanksgiving card, even a mother's day greeting.even telegraphs.
Voracious_Reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I Love You, Ronnie can be devoured in under an hour. While reading it, I kept recalling images of Nancy Reagan leaning across Ronald Reagan¿s coffin and patting it as she spoke to him and saying her personal goodbyes. The image was touching: a spouse completely and totally in love with her husband, mourning his passing. It would appear from the letters that Ronald Reagan was equally devoted. There certainly were some anachronisms present in the way that Reagan regarded his wife and family, but he did seem completely enamored with them¿particularly Nancy, his help-mate.
maquisleader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very romantic! It's wonderful to read love letters and notes from a man who really loved his wife. There are copies and photos of notes, cards, and letters he gave to her over the years. I really enjoyed reading this one, and I do believe they loved each other deeply. My memory of her crying over his casket during his funeral was with me while I read. *sniffle*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the soul of Nancy Reagan and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
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My name is .............ronnie and i get this true love story
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What A Beauitful Book
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