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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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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
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Particularly the sections on the convention and choosing the delegates. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dale D. Wyatt
This was a historic book shedding insure into the political process and 2 very interesting candidates. A good read for sure.Published 12 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 15 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 18 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 22 months ago by Rebecca Howard
Some details here that fill out the iconic leader that was Ronald Reagan.Published on August 9, 2014 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 on August 5, 2014 by Calvin