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The President, The Pope and The Prime Minister: Three Who Changed the World

Recorded on December 6, 2006

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Veteran journalist John O'Sullivan provides a dramatic account of how three great figures - Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, and President Ronald Reagan - changed the course of history and how their collaborative efforts revived faith, prosperity, and freedom in the West. Each came to power and became much-needed beacons of optimism cutting through the despair that afflicted 1970s America, post-imperial Britain, and a Catholic Church rocked by social revolution. Ultimately, this triumphant political partnership resulted in the miraculous liberation of Eastern Europe. Combining their unique strengths - Reagan's relaxed self-confidence, Thatcher's stern abilities, and the Pope's hopefulness and love - they were able to overcome the clutches of Communism. Now, more than ever, everyone can benefit from their lessons of fearlessness, strength, and wisdom.

JOHN O'SULLIVAN covered the Reagan presidency as a Washington columnist, was a special adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and has written regularly on Pope John Paul II and the Catholic Church's influence on international relations. A veteran journalist in Britain and the United States, he was the editor in chief of National Review, The National Interest, Policy Review, and United Press International, editorial page editor of the New York Post, op-ed and editorial page editor for the London Times, and an editor with the London Daily Telegraph. A Commander of the British Empire and founder of the New Atlantic Initiative, he is currently editor at large for National Review, a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, and a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute.