What Does Joan Say?: My Seven Years as White House Astrologer to Nancy and Ronald Reagan

Joan Quigley, Author
Joan Quigley, Author Birch Lane Press $17.95 (218p) ISBN 978-1-55972-032-8
Reviewed on: 05/01/1990
Release date: 05/01/1990
As Nancy Reagan's astrologer for seven years, San Franciscan Quigley influenced the timing of the President's speeches, public appearances, surgery and trips. In this self-congratulatory tell-all, she also claims that she softened Ronald Reagan's stance toward Gorbachev, paved the way for a friendly Geneva Summit, helped Reagan win two presidental elections and protected him from potential assassins. She takes credit for helping to shape his ``visionary'' strategy of particle-beam weapons in space (Star Wars), for giving First Lady Nancy an image-overhaul and for defusing the controversy over the president's visit to Bitburg cemetery where Nazis are buried. Separate chapters cover the birth charts of Reagan and Gorbachev and the ``breathless possibilities'' in the chemistry between them. Although this tiresome memoir would have worked better as a magazine article, it offers an intimate, different, unintentionally devastating slant on the Reagan White House. (Apr.)
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