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Well he's dubbed the break an indicator and now there's new insight into the secrets of president Ronald Reagan's success.
They are recently discovered hand -- note cards President Reagan kept simply.
In a cardboard box historian Douglas Brinkley who edited Reagan's secret diaries was given the task of organizing those notes.
And now has a new book out called the notes while Reagan's private collection.
Of stories and with them and he joins us now from Austin, Texas welcome might have you here today thank you.
Thanks for having me appreciate it this is such an extraordinary find it really it invites.
People -- see his side of Reagan that may surprise.
So many because you can see that he -- wisdom from many great leaders from Thomas Jefferson to Abe Lincoln and even to.
Well that's right he read.
An incredible amount of -- material in the 1950s.
Because he's got to crisscross the country for General Electric.
-- over 200 speeches a year and that's a lot of airplane miles plus miles.
And knows how long lead time in motels.
Mister reed read a lot of books he extracted some quotes from -- -- that he.
So -- lot of people's surprise you like you mentioned Gandhi or his admiration for Whitaker chambers on the novelist Thomas -- But beyond that he had a great year for jokes -- wherever he went across the country he would collect the most if you were will Rogers -- Bob Hope.
And -- these notes on the cards.
And then kept a very elaborate personal home system moved on these note cards and would eventually end up injecting them in speeches -- talk show appearances so and he gave -- bit of sparkle to well.
The typical -- you know on speech on those circuit.
We have these notes were discovered just last spring why are they just now coming to life.
Well I the Reagan had a Centennial on this past February and in preparation for that the Ronald Reagan library on in Simi Valley.
Was thirty -- do an inventory of their holdings clean out the basement so to speak and maybe find some new artifacts on.
Suddenly they open up these boxes and they were filled I mean brimming with these so.
No cards -- Ronald Reagan on captain I was kind of called in -- historian.
To edit the book the notes but they're all in Reagan's hand writing needs both sides of a card in -- in different color.
Pencils repentance depending when he was carrying with them that game but these became a really like you ammunition form every morning after -- -- -- Obama.
He would then -- you pick what cards he wanted to use for that they put them in his suit pocket.
He'll -- with the speech and insert various lines he he tried in a Reagan speech to have vote probably to jokes into bits of color.
For those reflections of some of those statements for example American working family classic lines like flattery is what makes husbands out of -- words and money may not buy you friends but it will help you stay in contact with your children.
I'm really allowed to connect with everyday folks in this way.
Absolutely -- chuckle when I hear those lines and people laughed and if you go back and look at some of Reagan's speeches shall see even on serious policy issues in many these speeches were.
About the Cold War nuclear arms race.
He -- to we've been a joker too well certainly at the beginning and at the end of the speech oftentimes in the middle.
Just to bring a little levity to it it's what made Reagan the great communicators this was he was -- trades -- and he was that person thought about communications has the skill.
And he's no cards were his tools to -- -- -- tools -- plumber he's for the tools of Ronald Reagan.
Indeed fantastic book it's definitely worth the read Douglas Brinkley thank you so much for joining us today.
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