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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 the ages."

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.