Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy were not only onetime movie stars, they were also movie critics and regularly sounded off about films they screened at Camp David, according to a new book.
In "Movie Nights With the Reagans: A Memoir," Mark Weinberg, a former speechwriter and adviser to President Reagan, describes the couple's reactions to films like "Rocky IV" and "WarGames."
Over the course of eight years, Weinberg traveled to Camp David with the Reagans and was present as the First Family screened both contemporary and classic movies Friday and Saturday nights.
"They watched movies in times of triumph, such as the aftermath of Reagan's 1984 landslide, and after moments of tragedy, such as the explosion of the Challenger and the shooting of the president and press secretary Jim Brady," Simon & Schuster says in a description of the upcoming book.
"Each chapter discusses a legendary film, what the Reagans thought of it, and provides warm anecdotes and untold stories about his family and the administration.
"From Reagan's pranks on the Secret Service to his thoughts on the parallels between Hollywood and Washington, Weinberg paints a full picture of the president The New Yorker once famously dubbed 'The Unknowable.'"
The book will be published in February by Simon & Schuster.
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