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Reagan's Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All Hardcover – January 20, 2005
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More About the Author
Craig is the founder of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, was chosen in 2005 by Springfield College as their Outstanding Alumnus, and has been named the First Reagan Scholar at Eureka College, Ronald Reagan's alma mater, where he taught a course titled "Reagan 101."
His books have been hailed as the definitive works on the Gipper's campaigns of 1976 and 1980. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Reagan Ranch, Eureka College Board of Trustees and has lectured at the Reagan Library, the FDR Library in Hyde Park, and the Dole Institute in Kansas. The London Telegraph called Shirley as "the best of the Reagan biographers."
Shirley, a widely sought after speaker and commentator, appears regularly on many network and cable shows including NewsMaxTV, FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, ABC. CBS, CNBC, C-SPAN and others. He has also written extensively for the Washington Post, NewsMax, the Washington Examiner, the Washington Times, the Los Angeles Times, Town Hall, the Weekly Standard, Politico, Reuters and many other publications. He successfully predicted the results of the 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 elections.
Craig Shirley also edited the book Coaching Youth Lacrosse for the Lacrosse Foundation. He was also the founder of the Ft. Hunt Youth Lacrosse League and coached there for 14 years with an overall record of 119 wins, 21 losses and 4 ties.
He has completed two new books, "Citizen Newt" and "Becoming Reagan" about, respectively, the revolutionary life and times of Newt Gingrich and the period between 1976 and 1980 when Reagan's political outlook and philosophy underwent an enormous and significant change. Shirley is now working on three more books on Reagan including a detailed look at his 1968 run for the presidency. He is also writing a book about Dr. Howard Snyder, personal physician to President Dwight Eisenhower, as well as a book about George Washington's family.
Shirley and his wife, Zorine reside at "Trickle Down Point" on the Rappahannock River in Lancaster, Virginia and at Ben Lomond, an historic Georgian-style home in Tappahannock, Virginia. They are parents of four children, Matthew, Andrew, Taylor, and Mitchell. His varied interests include sailing, waterskiing, sport shooting, renovating buildings, and scuba diving. An accomplished carpenter, he has built two houses. Craig Shirley is also a member of the Reagan Alumni Association, Friends of Friendship Fire House, the Lyn Nofziger Society, Philadelphia Society, the Fusionist Society and a former board member of the American Conservative Union. He was a decorated contract agent for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Top Customer Reviews
Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) got his start in major politics by being elected governor of California. He later put together an 11th hour effort for the Republican Presidential Nomination against Richard Nixon, but he really didn't strive for the Presidency until 1976.
This book is a tale of the campaign, start to finish - it is almost an hour-by-hour blow of Reagan's efforts to unseat the incumbent President, Gerald R. Ford. From the time that Reagan joined the race until the convention in Kansas City was over, it was obvious that this was not going to be a "regular" political contest, as defined in the 20th century use of the phrase. Instead, Reagan brought a new zeal and style to the campaign, which made Ford and his team very nervous about their chances of claiming the nomination, much less being elected in their own right to the Presidency in 1976.
I tremendously enjoyed Shirley's writing style; this was an easy book to read, and watching the personable Reagan campaign, including his acceptance of the defeats, was fascinating to me. I personally do not remember the 1976 Presidential campaign, so this book is especailly valuable in that regard to me.
Craig Shirley has taken his first hand knowledge of Ronald Reagan and other members of the GOP to develop this book.Read more ›
The Weekly Standard
January, 24, 2005
By Robert D. Novak
Ford Beats Reagan!
How conservatism won in 1980 by losing in 1976.
Shirley, well known in the political community as a campaign consultant and public relations practitioner, is not a professional writer but has produced a very readable first book. It is nicely paced, meticulously researched, and packed with anecdotes. He uses both primary and secondary sources, plus interviews with surviving participants to produce an account of events that occurred when he was a junior in college. He is the dispassionate narrator, avoiding use of the first person and seldom presenting his own views.
A writer recording recent history has the problem of what to do about participants' remembering events of thirty years ago in a way that always puts them in the best light. John Sears and Dick Cheney, who was President Ford's chief of staff, were interviewed by Shirley and get generally sympathetic treatment. Shirley did not interview Clarke Reed, the Mississippi Republican leader, or Robert Hartmann, Ford's longtime adviser, and they come off very badly.
SHIRLEY DOES NOT TRY to answer the questions that have been pondered in Republican circles for the past three decades. Could Reagan have defeated Carter had he been nominated? If he had, could a Reagan presidency have succeeded if he were elected before his views on taxes were fully developed? Was it the best of all possible worlds for Reagan to lose the 1976 nomination but to be ready to run in 1980?
Nobody knows. Reagan was indeed more fully prepared for the presidency in 1980 than he was in 1976.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a historic book shedding insure into the political process and 2 very interesting candidates. A good read for sure.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very insightful and detailed analysis of Reagan's rise to being the leader of the GOP. I also enjoyed the fair shake given to the Ford campaign.Published 9 months ago by Madison Thornton
Outstanding book. I enjoyed the campaign detail and strategies leading up to the convention. What is amazing is how we conservatives have lost the party to the elite, liberal... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Fred
Having read Craig Shirley's well written books, Rendezvous with Destiny and December 1941, I felt compelled to read his first book, Reagan's Revolution. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rebecca Howard
Some details here that fill out the iconic leader that was Ronald Reagan.Published 18 months ago by Carol Johnson
Craig Shirley does a remarkable job of bringing to life the "middle" days of Ronald Reagan's rise to power. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Calvin
If you like Reagan, as the author clearly does, you will enjoy this book as a fun, very readable account of the campaign. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jim H
I'm currently reading Craig Shirley's book "A Rendezous With Destiny" and I love it. So I didn't hesitate to order this book to compliment my historic reading of Reagan's... Read morePublished 22 months ago by C. Leonard