Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign that Changed America By Craig Shirley

Tempest at Dawn, the founding of the United States

Theodore White in his book In Search of History wrote, "Threading an idea into the slipstream of politics, then into government, then into history... is a craft which I have since come to consider the most important in the world." This was Ronald Reagan's gift ... and it is a rare gift indeed.

I grew up enthralled with Theodore White’s Making of the President series. Shirley’s book does not measure up to White, but that has more to do with White’s mastery than with Shirley’s shortcomings. With White no longer with us, I’m glad Shirley has picked up the mantleat least for Ronald Reagan’s campaigns.