One of the best writers and essayists around.
Here is a great article with and about Peggy Noonan, one of my favorite essayists.
She was a speechwriter to President Reagan and, prior to that, wrote for CBS's Dan Rather.
Here is a taste:
And then, miraculously, the White House, writing speeches for the president she so admired: the Challenger speech (“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’”), the D-Day anniversary speech (“These are the boys of Pointe du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who helped free a continent.”) and many others.
Enjoy the rest of the article by going to Crisis Magazine.
As well, check out some of her books:
When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness
On Speaking Well
A Heart, a Cross, and a Flag : America Today
What I Saw at the Revolution : A Political Life in the Reagan Era