His name in American politics is more cited than any other president. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are radically different today, mainly as a result of Ronald Reagan and the force of his ideas. No 20th Century president shaped the American political landscape so profoundly.
In his newest book, Last Act, Craig Shirley chronicles the important final chapter in Reagan’s life that no one has thus far covered. To tell this story, he secured the complete, exclusive, and enthusiastic support of the Reagan Foundation and Library and spent considerable time three reviewing sealed files and confidential information.
Last Act offers interesting and heretofore untold anecdotes about the President, Mrs. Reagan, their pleasure at retirement, the onslaught of the awful Alzheimer's and how he and Mrs. Reagan dealt with the diagnosis, the slow demise, the extensive plans for a state funeral, the outpouring from the nation – which stunned the political establishment – the Reagan legacy, and how his shadow looms more and more over the Republican Party, Washington, the culture of America, and the world.
Craig Shirley, President of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, is the author of two critically praised bestsellers about Ronald Reagan, Rendezvous with Destiny and Reagan's Revolution, as well as the New York Times best-selling history December 1941.
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Lee Edwards, Ph.D.
Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics