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Ronald Reagan's handwritten diaries of his eight years in the White House will be published as a book to be released next year, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation and HarperCollins Publishers announced Tuesday.

Reagan, who died at 93 last June following a 10-year battle with Alzheimer's disease, wrote in his diaries every day of his presidency, recording his thoughts on events both routine and historic, officials said.

While the diaries "were not initially intended for publication, we feel that these volumes offer an unprecedented insight into the Reagan presidency," said Frederick Ryan Jr., chairman of the foundation's board of trustees.

Tim Duggan, executive editor at HarperCollins, will be the editor on the project. HarperCollins acquired world rights to the publishing.

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