Craig Shirley

Craig Shirley is the author of two bestselling books about Ronald Reagan, including Rendezvous with Destiny and Reagan’s Revolution. He is the author of the bestselling December, 1941; 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World and is the president of Shirley & Banister. He is now completing a biography of Newt Gingrich and writing several more books about Reagan, including Last Act. He has lectured at the Reagan Library, is the First Reagan Scholar at Eureka College, and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Reagan Ranch.

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Statement Regarding Stories About My 2005 Work Reagan’s Revolution and the Soon-to-be-Released Book The Invisible Bridge

Upon receiving a copy of the new book The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, that author Rick Perlstein asked me to review, I immediately noticed what I personally believe are startling similarities to my book Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign that Started It All. The similarities were not just in historical facts--after all, both works cover the same historical figure and period. Rather, the similarities were in wording, phrasing and expression--we allege nearly fifty in all, according to an initial review of the work. Aug 5, 2014 3:19 PM PT

The Magnolia State Stinks

This is not the first time the corrupt national GOP power structure and the Mississippi Republican Party have betrayed conservatism. Jun 29, 2014 10:27 AM PT

Rise of the 'Obama Republicans'

The 1980 campaign brought about the dissolution of the old New Deal Coalition and the rise of the Reagan Democrat, a phrase coined by Newsweek political writer Peter Goldman after that historic election. May 21, 2014 10:48 AM PT

Run Jeb, Run!

“…A call…reported a boat load of Haitians approaching our shores. I’m all for opening the door to refugees from totalitarianism but this is more complicated. These are just people who believe they can have a better life here. They are in fact illegal aliens. We’ll have to deport them but it’s a long & complicated business due to our own laws.” Ronald Reagan, The Reagan Diaries. Apr 10, 2014 10:31 AM PT

Why Sochi is Not Lake Placid

Try as they might, some commentators during the U.S.-Russian hockey game could not muster much credible moral argument for making a comparison between Sochi of 2014 and Lake Placid of 1980. Feb 18, 2014 12:50 PM PT

Ronald Reagan's Birthday: A Gift from the Gipper

Studying and writing about Ronald Reagan is it is like unwrapping a new package each day. He may have been the most prolific writer and lecturer and commentator ever to serve in the Oval Office and he remains one of the most interesting and fascinating men to have ever served in public life. Feb 6, 2014 9:32 AM PT

Rust and Diamonds: Jane Doesn’t Do Nancy Any Justice At All

It would have been too much to ask for Hollywood to give the Reagans their due in the forthcoming movie “The Butler.” You knew that going in. But either way, casting Jane Fonda in the role of Nancy Reagan was surely meant to push buttons, stir up controversy and generate interest in--and hence, profits for--the movie. Aug 14, 2013 2:54 AM PT

Diamonds and Rust: Why Jane Fonda Can't Do Nancy Reagan Justice

Indeed, one would be hard pressed to think that Reagan would have approved of the casting of Fonda as his wife – since in a letter he wrote to William F. Buckley during his presidency, he called Fonda and her then-second husband, Tom Hayden, “traitors to their country.” Aug 13, 2013 5:37 PM PT

Nice Guys with Principles Finish First

Traditionally, losing presidential candidates stay out of party affairs, the practical reason being that their party has moved on and sees the loser as radioactive or having something contagious. Jun 5, 2013 10:22 AM PT

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