An intimate portrait of the Western White House -- the Reagan Ranch, Rancho del Cielo, in Santa Barbara -- written by long-time Reagan friend and associate, Peter Hannaford. Fascinating, often humorous anecdotes with 50 colour photographs (many rarely seen) tell the story of the ranch: its rich history, how it compares to other Presidential retreats over the last 200 years, and how the Reagans acquired it and made it into a home of their own. Some of the people and events included are a behind-the-scenes look at the campaigns for the presidency; the challenges the ranch posed to the Secret Service; Queen Elizabeth's memorable visit in the pouring rain; visits by foreign counterparts, including Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev; the press's love affair with Santa Barbara; and numerous other accounts that range from dealing with threats to national security to the Thanksgiving Day menu. Hannaford captures Ronald Reagan's larger-than-life persona in every chapter.
Author Peter Hannaford has had a long career in American politics and public affairs. He is a former Reagan adviser and current senior consultant to APCO Worldwide, a public affairs/strategic communications firm based in Washington, DC. Mr. Hannaford was director of issues and research in Reagan's 1976 presidential nomination campaign. In the 1980 campaign he was senior communications adviser to Mr. Reagan. He also served as assistant to the governor and director of public affairs for then-Governor Reagan in Sacramento. He is the author of eleven books and numerous articles, columns, and essays.