So many words. And we doubt these will be the last on the subject. Still, now we have the Great Communicator himself weighing in with Ronald Reagan: An American Life, due in bookstores near you in November. You'll remember, of course, that Nancy took her turn last year. But will you -- and posterity -- remember, exactly, who else wrote what about the man who left us $1.69 trillion further in debt when he rode, smiling, into the sunset?
Match the author (left column) with the title (middle) and, for bonus points, the correct excerpt (right). Answers below.
A. Peggy Noonan, speechwriter
B. Michael K. Deaver, deputy chief of staff
C. Donald Regan, treasury secretary and chief of staff
D. Helene Von Damm, personal secretary and ambassador to Austria
E. Larry Speakes, press spokesman
F. David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget
1. Speaking Out: The Reagan Presidency From Inside the White House
2. What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era
3. At Reagan's Side: Twenty Years in the Political Mainstream
4. For the Record: From Wall Street to Washington
5. The Triumph of Politics: How the Reagan Revolution Failed
Behind the Scenes: In Which the Author Talks About Ronald and Nancy Reagan and Himself
a. "He really always played himself; the vivid have no choice. That's why he seemed both phony and authentic. Because he was. He was really acting but the part he played was Ronald Reagan."
b. "People sensed that he liked them and so they liked him back. You can't manufacture that quality. No media wizard can create the illusion of it. It has to be there."
c. "Where his schedule was concerned, Reagan should have asked, 'Why am I seeing all of these people?' Instead, he said, 'Each morning I get a piece of paper that tells me what I do all day long.' "
d. "I did not create the label The Great Communicator. I don't know who did. I only know that he ranks with FDR and John Kennedy, in this century, as presidents who could deliver a speech with the power to move people."
e. "He embraced the huge Kemp-Roth tax cut because it seemed to be validated by an anecdote from his own personal history. But the anecdote was not applicable to his task of governance and he understood little of the blueprint's bone-jarring remainder."
f. "Never did he issue a direct order, although I, at least, sometimes devoutly wished that he would. He listened, acquiesced, played his role, and waited for the next act to be written."
Answers to the match game: A -- 2, a; B -- 6, d; C -- 4, f; D -- 3, b; E -- 1, c; F -- 5, e.