Craig Shirley is the author of four bestselling books Ronald Reagan's campaigns, including "Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980," out March 21, 2017. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, "December 1941," and is the president of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs.



My Articles

March 13, 2017, 10:39 AM EDT
This is still very much Reagan Country.
December 7, 2016, 10:52 AM EST
In America Sundays were a day for relaxing, but Dec. 7 was different.
September 27, 2016, 12:09 PM EDT
The health of presidential candidates has always been on the public radar.
July 27, 2016, 4:25 PM EDT
No matter how much supervision he has, Hinckley cannot be trusted.
June 23, 2016, 11:41 AM EDT
In 1976, not unlike today, America was not a happy place.
May 18, 2016, 4:43 PM EDT
This past week brought more discouraging news about the U.S. economy.   First quarter growth was 0.5 percent, a figure dangerously close to another recession and total job growth for April came in at 160,000, far below expectations.  A real opposition party dedicated to retaking the White House would have been all over this, criticizing the Administration’s pathetic economic record and promising major changes to get America moving again.
May 2, 2016, 12:36 PM EDT
There they go again. And again. And again.
March 8, 2016, 11:59 AM EST
She used to dream of him, in all seasons, in all manner of things. Now Nancy Reagan is together again with her Ronnie, forever in eternity.
November 12, 2015, 10:31 AM EST
A hundred years from now, when future historians are rooting around the monumental life and times of Ronald Reagan, they will begin with his two auto biographies, Where’s The Rest of Me? and An American Life.
August 26, 2015, 4:08 PM EDT
You can’t say he didn’t warn us.
April 15, 2015, 11:55 AM EDT
Lost amid the exaggerated romance of the French Resistance lies the truth of the Nazi occupation of France during World War II: Thousands of French people resisted the invaders; many paid with their lives. Yet it’s also true that of all the Nazi-occupied countries, only Vichy France was allowed self-rule. And five French divisions marched with the Germans against the Allies.
February 14, 2013, 11:36 AM EST
A 50 year-old fight on the right between the Republicans and the conservatives has broken out again, but don't think for a moment that it isn't for real or historic - because it is.