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Summit's Mark Weinberg Authors 'Movie Nights with The Reagans'; Book Release Event Set for Feb. 27

Summit's Mark Weinberg and the cover art to his soon-to-be-published book.

SUMMIT, NJ - Mark Weinberg, Hilltop City resident and former spokesman, advisor, and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan, is set to have his book -- "Movie Nights with The Reagans -- A Memoir," (Simon & Schuster) -- published on February 27, and will  be participating in an 'Author Event' that same day, beginning at 7 p.m., at the Barnes & Noble in Springfield.

Weinberg served on the 1980 Reagan campaign, all eight years on the Reagan White House staff, and two years thereafter as Director of Public Affairs in the office of former President Ronald Reagan. He currently works as a communications consultant in the private sector. Weinberg and his wife live in Summit area with their two children.

In "Movie Nights with The Reagans," Weinberg recalls his years as Assistant Press Secretary to President Ronald Reagan and the weekends they spent together over eight years watching films at Camp David. A nostalgic journey through the 1980s, Weinberg frames each chapter around a legendary film of the decade: from generation-defining comedies like "9 to 5" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" to perennial fan favorites like "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Top Gun" to Reagan classics like "Bedtime for Bonzo" and "Knute Rockne, All American."

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As their longtime spokesman and advisor, Weinberg made more trips to Camp David and watched more movies with the Reagans there than any other White House staffer. His unparalleled access offers a rare glimpse in what life was like when the Reagans were at their best: unscripted and unburdened by the world, without a camera in sight. It also offers a window into Hollywood during its Golden Age, when the Reagans first met, and what Hollywood taught the future president as he led the free world.

As Weinberg remembers what the Reagans -- former actors themselves -- thought of the films, and film stars, of the time, he offers new stories about the First Family and the Administration to paint a fuller picture of the president The New Yorker once dubbed “The Unknowable.”

Kirkus Reviews calls the book “sentimental [and] revealing” and Publishers Weekly writes that “Weinberg paints an intimate, pleasant picture of the Reagan White House” and concludes that the book “will serve as a welcome change from today’s political climate.”

As readers flip the pages, they learn what Reagan really thought of "Rocky IV" -- a film that clearly mirrors the tensions of the Cold War, and understand how and why "War Games" may have influenced America’s missile defense system. The  First Family wipes away tears as they watch Steven Spielberg’s "E.T.," and readers are transported into the room when they watch and review their own iconic movies, including "Hellcats of the Navy" — the only movie in which they starred together.

“That was such a special time,” Mrs. Reagan told Weinberg during an afternoon visit to her Los Angeles home in August 2015, in which they discussed this very book. It was her last known interview before her death a few months later.

"Movie Nights with The Reagans" is being published on February 27, timed to coincide with the 90th Academy Awards on March 4. With notable appearances by Tom Cruise, Jane Fonda, and Katharine Hepburn, and non-Hollywood figures including Queen Elizabeth II, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Margaret Thatcher, the book is a fun, unique, and most sincere look at a couple known both for their devotion to one another and their country.

"Movie Nights with The Reagans" is available in hardcover, and is priced at $28, $14.99 in e-reader format. It is available in-store and online from Barnes & Noblie, at amazon.com, and other retailers.

Barnes & Noble is located at 240 Route 22 West


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