Reagan Diary Set for Publication
The Gipper’s personal recollections will be made available by Rupert Murdoch’s empire:
HarperCollins Publishers has acquired global rights to publish a diary by Ronald Reagan that spans his eight years as president, the company said yesterday. The rights were sold by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation for an undisclosed amount.
Mr. Reagan wrote in the diary every day that he was president, noting his thoughts on the events and people he dealt with, and he gave the diary to the foundation after leaving office, said Frederick J. Ryan Jr., chairman of the board at the foundation.
“It is a very candid insight into Ronald Reagan’s thinking and his view of the presidency,” Mr. Ryan said. “It is very open in his assessments of various world leaders that he dealt with while in office.”
Surely, such sentiments are partial. But they are confirmed:
The Reagan diaries are impressive. Arthur Liman, who prosecuted Iran-Contra and saw huge extracts from them, agreed with me. And a member of the Iran-Contra Congressional Committee who is a lifelong liberal Democrat and had always despised Reagan as a low-brow, told me that seeing the diaries completely changed his attitude. He realized he was dealing with a truly well-equipped and thoughtful president.
Then again, the confirmation comes from the author of Dutch, so you might want to take it with a grain of salt.