On this episode of Reaganism, we are joined by Presidential historian and prolific Reagan biographer Craig Shirley. Shirley is the author of the new book, April 1945: The Hinge of History, which tells the story of the American victory at the end of the Second World War. The discussion consists of the new book, the leadership of Franklin Roosevelt and Generals Patton and MacArthur, and what President Reagan learned from FDR’s example.
In this week’s “A Reagan Forum” we present Craig Shirley, the author of four bestsellers on President Ronald Reagan, including “Rendezvous with Destiny” and “Reagan’s Revolution.” On this visit to the Reagan Library, Craig launched his latest book, “April 1945: The Hinge of History,” which is the long-awaited follow-up to the widely praised December 1941. In April 1945, Craig combines engaging anecdotes with deft research to look at the several events which changed the face of the world forever: the sudden death of President Roosevelt followed by Harry S. Truman’s rise to office; Adolph Hitler’s suicide; and the horrific discoveries of Dachau and Auschwitz. During his visit, Craig sat down with Reagan Foundation Chief Marketing Officer Melissa Giller to discuss his book.
PRESIDENTIAL HISTORIAN CRAIG SHIRLEY on the real RONALD REAGAN he knew so well & on Shirley's blockbuster new book, 1945. THE HINGE OF HISTORY
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Presidential historian Craig Shirley’s long-awaited new book, April 1945: The Hinge of History, is now available. The riveting follow up to Shirley’s acclaimed December 1941, April 1945 tells of the final month of the Second World War. Vigorously researched and rich in details, the book not only explores the climactic final battles of the war but also delves into the events that transformed the everyday lives of Americans and served as a catalyst for America’s shift into its role as a superpower. Perhaps one of the most monumental months in human history, April of 1945 saw the tragic death of President Roosevelt and the final, vicious demise of Adolf Hitler. It saw the fall of the Empire of Japan and the rise of atomic weaponry. It saw the horrific revelations of the Holocaust and an American society fundamentally reshaped by global war and rapid industrialization. All of this and more is chronicled in Shirley’s engaging and resounding history of the conclusion of World War II and the impact it had on America and its citizens. April 1945 is available for order here. Craig Shirley was professionally involved in American politics and government for over three decades. He worked in government and on campaigns at the congressional, gubernatorial, and presidential levels but now spend his time writing and lecturing on presidential politics and American history. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/john-aidan-byrne0/support
HISTORICAL CONTEXT OF PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the historic 1980 presidential contest between Reagan and incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter. American debates have changed much since the days when an Illinois lawyer held the nation spellbound with his moral arguments against slavery. That was 1858, and the arguments of Abraham Lincoln, who was debating Stephen Douglas, didn’t lead to Lincoln’s winning the Senate seat he sought. Nevertheless, transcripts were distributed throughout the country and became a springboard that vaulted Lincoln into the White House two years later. It was not until more than a century later, beginning in 1976, that national debates would be held for every presidential election. This year’s schedule includes three debates between the major parties’ presidential candidates and one between their vice presidential running mates. There will be changes due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The debates may be more important than in earlier races because the candidates have had fewer opportunities for typical campaign events because of public health restrictions.// Shirley would also be able to discuss his bestselling book, Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America and the comparison and contrast to President Trump's 2020 campaign. Bestselling Biographer CRAIG SHIRLEY