June 29, 2017 A Pope and A President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century
Even as historians credit Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II with hastening the end of the Cold War, they have failed to recognize the depth or significance of the bond that developed between the two leaders.
Thursday, Jun 29, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Heritage Foundation
Even as historians credit Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II with hastening the end of the Cold War, they have failed to recognize the depth or significance of the bond that developed between the two leaders. Best selling author Paul Kengor changes that. In his newest book, he reveals a singular bond – which included a spiritual connection between the Catholic pope and the Protestant president – that drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the Twentieth Century: Soviet communism.
Reagan and John Paul II almost didn’t have the opportunity to forge this relationship: just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, they took bullets from would-be assassins. Their strikingly similar near-death experiences brought them close together – much to Moscow’s dismay.
Nancy Reagan called John Paul II her husband’s “closest friend.” Reagan himself told Polish visitors that the pope was his “best friend.” As Kengor recounts in this book, Ronald Reagan and John Paul II united as kindred spirits in pursuit of a supreme objective – and in doing so, they changed history.
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