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Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
As late as Election Day, headlines across the county blared that
the race was "too close to call." Even on the verge of his
historic triumph in the 1980 presidential election, political
observers continued to underestimate Ronald Wilson Reagan. In
Rendezvous with Destiny, the long-awaited follow-up to his
previous account of Reagan's insurgent 1976 campaign, Craig Shirley
tells the behind-the-scenes story of Reagan's improbable run to the
White House in 1980 - of how the "too close to call" election
became a landslide victory over incumbent Jimmy Carter and
independent candidate John Anderson.
Reagan's victory gave rise to a new generation of conservatism,
ended liberalism's half-century reign of dominance, reversed the
second-worst economic crisis in American history, and led to the
demise of the mighty Soviet Union. To recount this story,
Craig Shirley gained unprecedented access to 1980 campaign files
and interviewed more than 150 insiders - from Reagan's closest
advisers and family members to Jimmy Carter himself. His
years of intensive research have enabled him to relate countless
untold stories and how Ronald Reagan successfully battled the
headwinds of the national media, the Republican Party
establishment, and even his own campaign team to become one of
America's greatest chief executives.
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More About the Speakers
Lee Edwards, Ph.D.
Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics