Tag: Craig Shirley

Pinkerton: Reagan Rising, Carter Falling: a New Book Offers Lessons for Trump from Two Presidents

“For conservatives, it was their Camelot.” Those words appear as the epigraph to Craig Shirley’s new book, Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980. In his new volume, Shirley chronicles the years 1976 to 1980, when Reagan, having lost his bid to grab the Republican presidential nomination away from Gerald Ford, was pondering his next political move—if there was to be one. Along the way, we learn much about America in the late 70s—lessons that echo even to this day, as Americans once again see populist insurgency pitted against establishment power.

Republican presidential hopefuls Carly Fiorina (L) and Ted Cruz at the CNBC Republican Presidential Debateat the Coors Event Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado on October 28, 2015

Craig Shirley on Fiorina: ‘Cruz Had To Do Something’

“Cruz had to do something,” he said. “He had to do something because the straight line projection showed Trump headed toward a first ballot nomination. And he very well may be headed toward a first ballot nomination. But at least this gives people pause and it did change the storyline, at least for 24 hours.”

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Craig Shirley: The Fall of the House of Bush

That plummeting sound you hear is the fall of the House of Bush. Unfortunately for the family, it is not falling silently into the woods and there are plenty of people to hear it and witness it and, in time, kick over the dead embers of Bushism.

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Review—Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan

No historian has done a better job of chronicling Ronald Reagan’s rise to power than Craig Shirley. As always, Shirley is a perfect antidote to the “court historians” who never really “got” Reagan. Shirley’s books on Reagan’s 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns, Reagan’s Revolution and Rendezvous With Destiny, are the gold standard in describing the Gipper’s ascendence and successful capture of the White House.