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The Resource At Reagan's side, Helene von Damm

At Reagan's side, Helene von Damm

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At Reagan's side
Title
At Reagan's side
Statement of responsibility
Helene von Damm
Title variation
At Reagans side
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Review
  • For nearly 20 years, since she worked on his gubernatorial campaign, von Dammhas been professionally involved with Ronald Reagan. An unwavering loyalist, she began as a typist, eventually becoming ambassador to her native Austria, a post she resigned under pressure in 1985. Many of the intervening years were spentin close company with the President and his senior staff. Yet this addition to the list of ``insider'' books sheds little new light on the workings ofthe Reagan White House. The author offers many familiar themes: the Meese/Bakerrivalry, the growing power of ``Mrs. R,'' the petty squabbles over guest lists and seating arrangements. Only in explaining the process by which political appointments were made, in which she was deeply involved as director of White House personnel, does the author provide any genuine insight. Reagan himselfis portrayed as too regal and warm to be completely believable, von Damm'ssole concession to objectivity being that she takes him to task for his management style. (Jan.)
  • Described by Ronald Reagan as "the most American human being I've known," here von Damm offers a likable, lightweight memoir highlighted by her years as Reagan's personal secretary, director of White House personnel, and ambassador to Austria. Following an Austrian childhood marred by WW II and a Soviet occupation, von Damm married an American and settled down in Detroit to an unambitious secretarial career. But things changed rapidly after she heard Ronald Reagan deliver a speech and "resolved then and there that I was going to work for that man, whatever he might want to do." Battling her way into a post as Reagan's secretary, she rode his star right into the White House--along with other more famous faces whom she paints in broad strokes as heroes or villains. Good guys include Ed Meese (a "straight-shooter"), Cap Weinberger ("so bright, such a gentleman, so honest, and so patriotic"), and the Man himself ("incredibly kind" with "hidden depth"). Baddies include Nancy Reagan ("she saw people. . .as means to an end") and George Shultz, who takes it on the chin for being a moderate. Von Damm also draws an unnerving picture of the infighting that marked the Reagan White House, suggests that in a man's world demure women may succeed where aggressive ones fail, drops some gossipy tidbits (Frank Sinatra may have lobbied to be US envoy to the Vatican; Reagan doesn't dye his hair) and vehemently denies that she wears lots of low-cut dresses. Sanitized portrait of Reagan as White Knight lessens the clout of what is otherwise a revealing, although unremarkable, look at White House power-games from a woman's point of view. (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1988)
Biography type
autobiography
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224248
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1938-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Von Damm, Helene
Dewey number
327.2092
Illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Von Damm, Helene
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Ambassadors
Label
At Reagan's side, Helene von Damm
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
88025653 //r89
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 342 p.
Isbn
9780385244459
Lccn
88-025653
Other physical details
ports.
Label
At Reagan's side, Helene von Damm
Publication
Note
Includes index
Control code
88025653 //r89
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 342 p.
Isbn
9780385244459
Lccn
88-025653
Other physical details
ports.

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