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Nancy Reagan 'Loved' Ron Reagan's Book; Is 'Proud' of Him

Photo Courtesy - The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library(NEW YORK) -- Despite the family feud that has unfolded over the past few days between Ron Reagan and his half-brother, Michael, Nancy Reagan said she is very proud of her son for writing his new book My Father at 100.

“She was worried about me. She said ‘Are you alright?’ I said ‘Yeah mom, I’m fine... but they are going to ask me what you think of the book. So what should I say to them,’” Ron Reagan told ABC News. “And she said, ‘You tell them that I’ve read it, I loved it, it made me cry and I’m very proud of you.’”

In Reagan’s book, he notes moments during his father’s presidency which he found troubling and said could have been early signs of Alzheimer’s, such as during one of the 1984 presidential debates with Walter Mondale or when his father could not remember the name of canyons he knew well in California.

Michael Reagan, Ronald Reagan’s son from a previous marriage, took issue with these charges and tweeted "My brother seems to want [to] sell out his father to sell books” and “My brother was an embarrassment to his father when he was alive. And today he became an embarrassment to his mother."

Ron Reagan said he didn’t want to get into public “intra-familial squabbles,” but he called Michael’s comments “a little strange” and said there is confusion “between Alzheimer’s the disease and dementia, which is a symptom of Alzheimer’s and shows up in the later stages.”

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Ron Reagan Jr. Concerned Over Dad’s Mental State in First Term

Photo Courtesy - Joe Kohen/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former President Ronald Reagan -- who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease five years after leaving the presidency – elicited “shivers of concern” about his mental state as early as 1984, during his first term in office, according to a new book by his son, Ron Jr.

In his forthcoming memoir, My Father at 100, Ronald Reagan Jr. writes that he grew concerned that something was wrong with his father “beyond mellowing” in the early 1980s.

He goes on to say that -- given what science has learned about when symptoms of Alzheimer’s arise -- the question of whether he was suffering from the disease while in office “more or less answers itself.”

“Three years into his first term as president, I felt the first shivers of concern that something beyond mellowing was affecting my father,” Reagan Jr. writes, according to an excerpt in the new issue of Parade magazine.

“I don’t want to give the impression that my father was mumbling incoherently during this or any period. But by the time he turned 76, he had survived a near-fatal shooting and surgery for colon cancer. As old men will, he’d learned to conserve his energy for crucial moments,” he continues.

Reagan also writes that he believes his father would have resigned the presidency had he been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s while in office:

“Had the diagnosis been made in, say, 1987, would he have stepped down? I believe he would have,” he writes. “Today we are aware that the changes associated with Alzheimer’s can be in evidence years, even decades, before identifiable symptoms arise. The question, then, of whether my father suffered from the beginning stages of the disease while in office more or less answers itself.”

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