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About Gene Kopelson
Historian Gene Kopelson is a Reagan Virtual Scholar of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Foundation's Ronald Reagan Institute, president of the Gulf Coast chapter of the International Churchill Society, past national trustee (and past chair of the Children's Book Prize committee) of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, board member of the Military Historical Society of MA, and holocaust educator. He has spoken on Reagan '68/Ike/RFK across the country, and his book-talk was filmed by Cspan and incorporated into their American Presidency series.
In his "spare time" he is a practicing radiation oncologist. He graduated Princeton University with an AB Cum Laude in biochemistry and received his MD from Columbia University. He did his internship and residency at Harvard Medical School's Dept. of Radiation Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. For two decades he was director of a cancer center affiliated with the Yale University School of Medicine.
Kopelson is an avid bicycle rider, hiker and environmental steward, lover of classical music, synagogue enthusiast, and lecturer on history. He and his wife live in Florida but visit many parts of the USA frequently. He is blessed to be an American, with three wonderful children and six amazing grandchildren.
Titles By Gene Kopelson
Behind the scenes, Reagan's private political mentor was Dwight Eisenhower, and Reagan's public political foe was Robert Kennedy. Reagan scholar Kopelson's analysis relies on newly uncovered audiotapes from candidate Reagan's days as governor of California, the Eisenhower-Reagan correspondence and files, Ike's post-presidential diary, and interviews with 35 grassroots Reagan activists from 1968.
Many of the major triumphs of Reagan's subsequent tenure as president originated during that first campaign: Tearing down the Berlin Wall. Lessening nuclear weapons. The peaceful defeat of communism. Creating a missile defense shield for America. Bringing freedom to Eastern Europe. And dealing with hostage crises.
During 1968, Reagan emerged as a world statesman and shaped his crusade to restore pride in America. Kopelson further demonstrates why for Reagan, Ike's tutelage was critical. This political mentorship changed America's national priorities through the end of Reagan's presidency, whose effects are still very much with us today.