About Patti Davis
The world knows much about Ronald Reagan, but it should also know that he passed along to his daughter a deep, reliant faith that God’s love never wavers; that no matter how harsh life seems, or how cruel the world is, love is constant, unconditional and eternal. — Patti Davis
Taken from her best-selling book, Angels Don’t Die: My Father’s Gift of Faith, Patti Davis’s words sum up the core belief that has kept her family strong throughout a long history of public life and personal tensions. Today it also addresses the strength that drew the family together as her father, Ronald Reagan, one of the most beloved world leaders of our time, battled the creeping thief called Alzheimer’s before his death.
Her new book, The Long Goodbye, chronicles with moving openness her father’s battle with Alzheimer’s and its impact on her family. Her graceful memoir vibrantly weaves her childhood experiences into the story of former President Ronald Reagan’s decline. Her message of love, loyalty and forgiveness overshadows the darkness of the disease’s effects, and the result is a heartfelt tribute to her father.
Much has been written about the family disagreements that characterized Patti’s early years in the national spotlight, but little has been said about the moving aftermath–the emotional reconciliation with her mother Nancy, and the gathering of support that keeps the family strong.