counter create hit Riding With Reagan: From the White House to the Ranch - Download Free eBook
Ads Banner
Hot Best Seller

Riding With Reagan: From the White House to the Ranch

Availability: Ready to download

It is an image etched in the minds of a generation: Ronald Reagan perched atop his horse, riding through the dusty trails and canyons of his California ranch with his beloved wife, Nancy, at his side. But what most of us did not see was the man who always rode just a few steps away. John Barletta was a Vietnam veteran and Secret Service agent who spent over a decade with It is an image etched in the minds of a generation: Ronald Reagan perched atop his horse, riding through the dusty trails and canyons of his California ranch with his beloved wife, Nancy, at his side. But what most of us did not see was the man who always rode just a few steps away. John Barletta was a Vietnam veteran and Secret Service agent who spent over a decade with the Reagans, poised to give his own life at any moment to save the 40th president of the United States. His superior riding skills made Barletta the perfect choice to protect Reagan during his frequent visits to the ranch. Over time, he got to know Reagan as few others did. But what did these two men talk about during their long solitary hours on horseback--and how did they become the unlikeliest of friends and confidants? In Riding With Reagan, John Barletta shares his one-of-a-kind memories of the President, painting a picture of a relaxed Reagan at his very best. Through his eyes, we see a rugged man who thrived outdoors, deeply loved his wife and children, and was a prankster at heart. Barletta recalls watching Reagan take pleasure in clearing the brush from the grounds, spending quiet time with Nancy, and entertaining world figures like Mikhail Gorbachev and Queen Elizabeth, both of whom were surprised by the spare simplicity of the Reagan ranch. Barletta also recalls the sad times: watching a once-robust Reagan fade into the dark shadows of Alzheimer's disease, and the painful moment when he had to tell the former president that his days of horseback riding had come to an end. Poignant and candid, Riding With Reagan is an intimate portrait of the man who remains one of the most popular presidents in our nation's history. A stirring ode to friendship, brotherhood, and the great outdoors, it celebrates a true hero whose life and spirit are the embodiment of what it means to be an American.


Compare
Ads Banner

It is an image etched in the minds of a generation: Ronald Reagan perched atop his horse, riding through the dusty trails and canyons of his California ranch with his beloved wife, Nancy, at his side. But what most of us did not see was the man who always rode just a few steps away. John Barletta was a Vietnam veteran and Secret Service agent who spent over a decade with It is an image etched in the minds of a generation: Ronald Reagan perched atop his horse, riding through the dusty trails and canyons of his California ranch with his beloved wife, Nancy, at his side. But what most of us did not see was the man who always rode just a few steps away. John Barletta was a Vietnam veteran and Secret Service agent who spent over a decade with the Reagans, poised to give his own life at any moment to save the 40th president of the United States. His superior riding skills made Barletta the perfect choice to protect Reagan during his frequent visits to the ranch. Over time, he got to know Reagan as few others did. But what did these two men talk about during their long solitary hours on horseback--and how did they become the unlikeliest of friends and confidants? In Riding With Reagan, John Barletta shares his one-of-a-kind memories of the President, painting a picture of a relaxed Reagan at his very best. Through his eyes, we see a rugged man who thrived outdoors, deeply loved his wife and children, and was a prankster at heart. Barletta recalls watching Reagan take pleasure in clearing the brush from the grounds, spending quiet time with Nancy, and entertaining world figures like Mikhail Gorbachev and Queen Elizabeth, both of whom were surprised by the spare simplicity of the Reagan ranch. Barletta also recalls the sad times: watching a once-robust Reagan fade into the dark shadows of Alzheimer's disease, and the painful moment when he had to tell the former president that his days of horseback riding had come to an end. Poignant and candid, Riding With Reagan is an intimate portrait of the man who remains one of the most popular presidents in our nation's history. A stirring ode to friendship, brotherhood, and the great outdoors, it celebrates a true hero whose life and spirit are the embodiment of what it means to be an American.

30 review for Riding With Reagan: From the White House to the Ranch

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    A great book about Reagan the man through the eyes of a secret service agent who rode horses with him for over ten years. Barletta provided protection for The President while they were riding both at Camp David, The Reagan Ranch and in England when Reagan rode with the Queen. A Personal look into the private side of Reagan as a simple man, husband and horseman. Reagan's honesty, genuineness and decency shine through as no other author could have written. This isn't a book about his politics or a A great book about Reagan the man through the eyes of a secret service agent who rode horses with him for over ten years. Barletta provided protection for The President while they were riding both at Camp David, The Reagan Ranch and in England when Reagan rode with the Queen. A Personal look into the private side of Reagan as a simple man, husband and horseman. Reagan's honesty, genuineness and decency shine through as no other author could have written. This isn't a book about his politics or a play-by-play of the President's life. The one thing I got from this book was how humble Reagan was and how thoughtful and polite he was to those around him. If you're a Reaganite this is a must read book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Doug Tabner

    The only reason I didn’t give this book five stars has more to do with me than the book. The author delivers on the promise made in the title, a good portion of his story revolves around horseback riding. If I was more into that, I would have easily given it five stars. I found myself skimming over parts about the more technical aspects of riding, but what was left was a treasure trove of Reagan lore. I felt like I had a better feel for the man than I did after reading Edmund Morris’ biography. The only reason I didn’t give this book five stars has more to do with me than the book. The author delivers on the promise made in the title, a good portion of his story revolves around horseback riding. If I was more into that, I would have easily given it five stars. I found myself skimming over parts about the more technical aspects of riding, but what was left was a treasure trove of Reagan lore. I felt like I had a better feel for the man than I did after reading Edmund Morris’ biography. I highly recommend this this book if you’re looking for an anecdotal biography of Reagan’s presidential years.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Billy

    “ BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN 2018, FINAL CHAPTER APPEARED IN WARP SPEED “ Reading this book regarding the private life of former President Ronald Reagan as seen thru the eyes of a Secret Service agent that was his number one man and accompanied him on all his horseback riding during his years in office and after ( encompasses nearly 2 decades ) The story confirms all my previous thoughts and assumptions that RR was just as down to earth, meat & potatoes type man, respecting every person regardless of “ BEST BOOK I HAVE READ IN 2018, FINAL CHAPTER APPEARED IN WARP SPEED “ Reading this book regarding the private life of former President Ronald Reagan as seen thru the eyes of a Secret Service agent that was his number one man and accompanied him on all his horseback riding during his years in office and after ( encompasses nearly 2 decades ) The story confirms all my previous thoughts and assumptions that RR was just as down to earth, meat & potatoes type man, respecting every person regardless of their station in life and completely VOID of egotism and narcissistic behavior . You cannot keep a personality like his hidden under a rock. In 1980 while running for POTUS he came to Henderson County North Carolina and the Republican Party bought a full page in the local TIMES NEWS newspaper which is a subsidiary of the NEW YORK TIMES. The page displayed all National, State and County candidates running for office. Ronald Reagan’s photo and name was top center on the page, my photo and name was on the bottom line, I was in a race against the incumbent Democrat Chief District Court Judge. Early in the campaign I left 3 current photographs of myself with the newspaper to be used, instead my name was purposely Misspelled ( I had been a State employed Magistrate in the County for the previous 5 years ) the newspaper found a 20 Year old photo of me and displayed that one after evenly brushing ink all over the photo giving me the appearance of African - American. I went into the Editors office and told him I thought that was an under handed thing he had done. Instead of saying it must have been accidental he chose to state, “ you can’t beat a newspaper man that can buy printers Ink by the 50 gallon barrel. “ Politics has not changed in the past 38 years.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    One of my earliest memories of my dad is him walking through the door on election night 1980, a big smile on his face, saying “our guy is winning!” This lit an interest in me about Ronald Reagan, even though I was only six years old when he was elected. Riding With Reagan may be my favorite book about Reagan. The insight from John Barletta, long Time Secret Service agent who worked closely with the Reagans for over twenty years, could fairly be considered biased - he became a close personal One of my earliest memories of my dad is him walking through the door on election night 1980, a big smile on his face, saying “our guy is winning!” This lit an interest in me about Ronald Reagan, even though I was only six years old when he was elected. Riding With Reagan may be my favorite book about Reagan. The insight from John Barletta, long Time Secret Service agent who worked closely with the Reagans for over twenty years, could fairly be considered biased - he became a close personal friend of both President and Mrs. Reagan - but I loved reading his anecdotes and first hand accounts of Reagan’s classic sunny and humble but determined personality. Politics are not touched, this is an account of the man behind the scenes. It’s a treat to read. I really wish my dad was still alive because I would truly love to give him a copy of this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    A biography about Reagan the man told by a Secret Service Agent who served him for over thirteen years, which is almost unprecedented in the agency. It was their love of horses that formed a bond. I admit that I don’t know much about horses, but have several friends who, like Reagan and the author, are experienced riders and horse lovers. This book helped me understand Reagan the person (even if it’s from a slightly biased perspective) and learn more about horses at the same time without A biography about Reagan the man told by a Secret Service Agent who served him for over thirteen years, which is almost unprecedented in the agency. It was their love of horses that formed a bond. I admit that I don’t know much about horses, but have several friends who, like Reagan and the author, are experienced riders and horse lovers. This book helped me understand Reagan the person (even if it’s from a slightly biased perspective) and learn more about horses at the same time without delving back into the politics of his tenure as President.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Larry Orr

    Secret Service agent and equestrian John R. Barletta provides an intimate portrait of President Ronald Reagan, whom he knew for more than two decades. Barletta describes the creation of the mounted Secret Service, portrays Reagan as a world leader as well as a family man, a rancher and a horseman, and provides the reader with a wealth of information on horses and horsemanship.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steven R.

    Interesting, engaging and a page turner all the way through. I know nothing about horses but that was no hindrance. As it says it’s a unique portrait of Reagan. Lots of humorous and touching anecdotes. Some of the stories/phrases were unnecessary repeated, so 4 stars just for structure. But definitely recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Carroll

    Reagan Always respected Ronald Reagan, didn’t always agree with him, but a very good President. You could tell he always had the people of the USA in all his decisions. Seemed like his staff, and protection detail loved the man and his wife Nancy for who they Really were - down to earth, nice and respectful people. All in all I enjoyed the book and stories within.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa J. Troutman

    I pulled this book off the library shelf because its jacket boasted three things that interest me: President Reagan, bodyguard work, and horses. I learned a great deal about all three. :) This sketch depicts one of our greatest presidents in a style that epitomizes the man himself: simple, relaxed, and interesting. It's a moving memoir by Mr. Barletta and a fitting tribute to President Reagan.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lustick

    Living tribute Mr. Bartlett obviously has so much respect for President Reagan as a man and as a President of the US. His recollections of his time spent with the Reagans are intriguing and respectfully detailed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Danhauer

    An absolutely fascinating behind the scenes account proving that the private man was exactly what he appeared to be 'on camera'. Would that we had a President like this one just one more time in my lifetime!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donna McComas

    Favorite president in my lifetime, and this book makes me love President Reagan even more. Our country was truly blessed to have him as our leader, and this wonderful book is a tribute to his honor.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pat Mayorga

    A great read Easily a 5-star book. A great read. Very personal. Uncomplicated. The best way to get to know a great President.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anthony A

    Interesting stories.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    THE MOST AMAZING BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!!!!!! I cried at the end.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mindy Merritt

    What a beautiful relationship between President Reagan & the writer.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    Particularly endearing view of Ronald Reagan from his personal SS agent who rode with him. His kindness and humility are expressed in the stories Barletta tells so well.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Great story about one of the greatest American presidents in history from the intimate perspective of someone who knew him well.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    #153 of 160 books pledged to read during 2019

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    up close & personal view of Reagan by a close acquaintance & admirer.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Woodsie

    A great look into the person and what he was like, which followed through into his presidency.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn Knight

    Such a wonderful good feeling book about a Secret Service agent’s relationship with Ronald Reagan - mainly while on horseback. This book focuses on their relationship related to the time spent on horses & less on other parts of Reagan’s presidency. Full of wonderful stories. A great read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    As I was reading, my impression of this book was that it is a nice story of Agent Barletta's time spent with Ronald Reagan, a man of dignity, honor, charm, wisdom, strength, character, and love. The book is very easy to read as Barletta and his co-author Rochelle Schweizer fill in, chapter by chapter, a portrait of this wonderful gentleman who just happened to be our 40th president. Only as I read the final two chapters, "Closing Scene" and "The Ending", did I realize how the book had drawn me As I was reading, my impression of this book was that it is a nice story of Agent Barletta's time spent with Ronald Reagan, a man of dignity, honor, charm, wisdom, strength, character, and love. The book is very easy to read as Barletta and his co-author Rochelle Schweizer fill in, chapter by chapter, a portrait of this wonderful gentleman who just happened to be our 40th president. Only as I read the final two chapters, "Closing Scene" and "The Ending", did I realize how the book had drawn me into Reagan's life. Perhaps because of someone else close following a similar path, I really felt Barletta's pain of seeing Reagan slip away. I'm grateful Barletta shared his story. This book would be suitable for teenage readers as well as adults. Because so much of the story occurs on the Reagan ranch and in other riding situations, the reader learns a lot about horses and trail riding. The book is very light on politics. Readers can enjoy this book even if they disagree with Reagan's policies. The book only briefly touches on the assassination attempt, as Barletta wasn't directly involved. For those interested in that subject, and in another look at the Secret Service, Rawhide Down would be an excellent choice. Barletta does mention another plot against Reagan by a person nicknamed The Jackal, but gives very little detail. Perhaps the information is still classified. I wish he could have told more. Every time I read about Reagan, I can't help but compare him to our current crop of leaders and wannabe's. Most, if not all, of the current group on both sides of the aisle come up short. Which makes me appreciate Ronald Reagan even more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Presley

    Reagan was the first President I remember clearly. Even though I was young, I remember hearing about the assassination attempt in 1981, I remember the first time I learned that he had been an actor and I loved seeing his smile whenever he came on our television. This book is written from the perspective (and memories) of the Secret Service agent, John Barletta, who spent the most time with him (even at one point being requested by President Reagan himself). The reason Barketta was chosen in the Reagan was the first President I remember clearly. Even though I was young, I remember hearing about the assassination attempt in 1981, I remember the first time I learned that he had been an actor and I loved seeing his smile whenever he came on our television. This book is written from the perspective (and memories) of the Secret Service agent, John Barletta, who spent the most time with him (even at one point being requested by President Reagan himself). The reason Barketta was chosen in the first place? He could ride. The book contains some fantastic insights into the relationship between President and Mrs. Reagan, touching, heart-felt stories about how the presidency affected their day to day lives and quite a few humorous stories as well. It reads easily, although it is a bit choppy in places, jumping from time to time (but always clearly marked when it does so). Included are several fantastic photos of Barletta with President Reagan. An interesting book and a very beautiful portrait of President Reagan that sets aside politics and instead focuses on what a hard-working, honest man he was.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I really enjoyed reading this biography of Reagan written by one of the secret service agents who protected during his presidency and beyond. John Barletta spent many an hour riding with Reagan on Reagan's ranch and got to see what the "real" Reagan was like. Not surprisingly, Reagan was just as hard-working, gentlemanly, charming, and morally upstanding on the dirt trail as he was on the campaign trail. Barletta writes very fondly of President Reagan - I just loved all of the personal stories I really enjoyed reading this biography of Reagan written by one of the secret service agents who protected during his presidency and beyond. John Barletta spent many an hour riding with Reagan on Reagan's ranch and got to see what the "real" Reagan was like. Not surprisingly, Reagan was just as hard-working, gentlemanly, charming, and morally upstanding on the dirt trail as he was on the campaign trail. Barletta writes very fondly of President Reagan - I just loved all of the personal stories (the horseback riding stories too) and the confirmation in them that Reagan truly was a great man. Even as he was starting to be affected by Alzheimer's he retained his grace and humility (which was quite touching to read about). I cried at the end when Barletta described Reagan's passing and the deep personal grief that he felt. Wow - America lost a good man that day.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    We toured the Reagan Museum and picked up an autographed copy of this book for our daughter. We asked to borrow it back so we could read it since my husband and I read aloud in the evenings. It is delightful. Sometimes we are actually laughing out loud at the vignettes told by Reagan's secret service agent. Reagan's humility, quiet strength, love of hard physical work, and kindness to all comes through in this memoir. It makes me wish he was still our President. Sometimes John Barietta seems to We toured the Reagan Museum and picked up an autographed copy of this book for our daughter. We asked to borrow it back so we could read it since my husband and I read aloud in the evenings. It is delightful. Sometimes we are actually laughing out loud at the vignettes told by Reagan's secret service agent. Reagan's humility, quiet strength, love of hard physical work, and kindness to all comes through in this memoir. It makes me wish he was still our President. Sometimes John Barietta seems to be redundant in his storytelling, and a couple times I've wondered if he got some minor details correct, but that didn't bother us. It was just a delightful book--especially read aloud. Interesting look "behind the scenes" at a great President.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    A really charming book by the Secret Service agent who rode horses with Ronald Reagan. No surprise going into it that Barletta was going to be very complimentary of Reagan as a man, they obviously got along well and Barletta has fond memories of their time together. It's well written and an interesting, personal perspective on our 40th President. No real politics here, just a very good Secret Service memoir. Along the same lines as Standing Next to History: An Agent's Life Inside the Secret A really charming book by the Secret Service agent who rode horses with Ronald Reagan. No surprise going into it that Barletta was going to be very complimentary of Reagan as a man, they obviously got along well and Barletta has fond memories of their time together. It's well written and an interesting, personal perspective on our 40th President. No real politics here, just a very good Secret Service memoir. Along the same lines as Standing Next to History: An Agent's Life Inside the Secret Service - both good books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    This book read like the Secret Service agent who rode horses with Reagan was giving a media interview. He said many very kind things, with great reservation. It was like you could hear him choosing his words carefully the entire time you read it. With that said, I suppose it would have been helpful to know more about horses to thoroughly enjoy this book. There is a lot of technical horse talk. However, the anecdotes that did shine through the PC-ness and horse talk were kind of gems. Did those This book read like the Secret Service agent who rode horses with Reagan was giving a media interview. He said many very kind things, with great reservation. It was like you could hear him choosing his words carefully the entire time you read it. With that said, I suppose it would have been helpful to know more about horses to thoroughly enjoy this book. There is a lot of technical horse talk. However, the anecdotes that did shine through the PC-ness and horse talk were kind of gems. Did those anecdotes redeem the book to make it worth reading? I guess so.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shawnee

    Ronald Reagan and horses... what could be better! :) What an awesome book full of great personal stories. The one thing I didn't like about the book is that it seemed to bounce around a lot in the chapters themselves. Still a great read, but at times I was wondering why he switched topics so much... oh well. :) When the author started talking about Alzheimer's, it made me very sad. It is always hard to see somebody so strong and so independent, caring, and loving, battle that horrible disease. Ronald Reagan and horses... what could be better! :) What an awesome book full of great personal stories. The one thing I didn't like about the book is that it seemed to bounce around a lot in the chapters themselves. Still a great read, but at times I was wondering why he switched topics so much... oh well. :) When the author started talking about Alzheimer's, it made me very sad. It is always hard to see somebody so strong and so independent, caring, and loving, battle that horrible disease. :(

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    LOVED it. John's account of his service protecting President and First Lady Reagan at their remote California ranch gave me a new appreciation for the office of the Presidency and for the man, Ronald Reagan. Reagan, and John, are the epitome of honorable men and I wish we had more people like them in our government. No matter your political leaning, I think you would agree that President Reagan did his very best for the American people and our world. h =^..^=

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.