The Essential Ronald Reagan: A Profile in Courage, Justice, and Wisdom
Recorded on February 4, 2005
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
The Essential Ronald Reagan recounts the extraordinary life and
career of a great American president from his small-town Midwestern
roots through his Hollywood film star days to his presidential role
as redeemer of the American dream and victorious leader in the Cold
War. Calling upon his four decades of observing and analyzing
Ronald Reagan, renowned historian Lee Edwards provides many
intimate details about the late president and captures him
perfectly and concisely.
Edwards shows how Reaganomics confounded the Keynesian "experts"
and produced the longest period of peacetime economic expansion in
U.S. history. He details how President Reagan won the Cold War
without firing a shot - and reveals his "secret weapon" in summit
negotiations with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Borrowing from
his two decades of experience in teaching politics at the Catholic
University of America, he also grades the best and worst books
penned about the former President.
Fifteen years after leaving the White House, Ronald Reagan is
already ranked among our greatest presidents by the American people
and by an increasing number of historians and political scientists.
In The Essential Ronald Reagan, Lee Edwards analyzes the four
essential qualities of leadership that enabled President Reagan to
meet every challenge and crisis and to make him an American "for
LEE EDWARDS, Ph.D., is the Distinguished
Fellow in Conservative Thought at The Heritage Foundation and
author of fifteen books. Educated at Duke University, the Sorbonne
(Paris) and the Catholic University of America, Dr. Edwards was a
Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
University and is now an Adjunct Professor of Politics at the
Catholic University of America. A founding director of the
Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University and a
past president of The Philadelphia Society, he is Chairman of the
Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.