FROM INSIDE REAGAN WORLD:
BEHIND THE SCENES OF A LEADER WHO RESHAPED AMERICA
Ronald Reagan’s longtime executive assistant and author Peggy Grande is available for interviews
As a new dawn arrives for the GOP, many Americans agree that Ronald Reagan and his legacy represent the best of America. Elegant, humble, and charismatic, Reagan reshaped conservatism, ushered in a new era of prosperity, and helped spur the end of the Cold War. But what was Reagan like outside the White House? From the infamous Nixon tapes to the current intrigue surrounding Donald Trump’s presidential transition, to fictional portrayals like “House of Cards” and “The West Wing,” Americans never stop being enamored by what presidents are like when the cameras stop rolling.
Now Reagan insider Peggy Grande offers a fascinating answer to that question in an intimate and touching memoir THE PRESIDENT WILL SEE YOU NOW: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan’s Final Years (Hachette Books, February 21, 2017). Grande was President Reagan’s longtime executive assistant who worked closely with him for 10 years after he left the White House from 1989-1999.
Grande started working in the Office of Ronald Reagan while still a college student and quickly earned her way into a coveted role as the president’s Executive Assistant. In THE PRESIDENT WILL SEE YOU NOW she 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. She shares never-before-seen photos and intimate stories, from Reagan’s love of good Midwestern “comfort food,” to how he acquired a piece of the Berlin Wall for The Reagan Library, to the joy he had spending time on his ranch in Santa Barbara. She also writes about the challenges and heartbreak surrounding his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 1994 and his death in 2004.
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:
“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
“This is an impassioned, highly enjoyable memoir that includes candid behind-the-scenes photos of the Reagans after their withdrawal from public life.” – Publishers Weekly
"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
“The author appears as an appealing character—self-deprecating, gaining in confidence and ability, eager to assist a boss for whom she feels equal parts awe and genuine affection.” – Kirkus Reviews
"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, and former executive assistant to John F. Kennedy Jr.
"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
“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