Campaign Historian: Reagan Was One of Four Greatest Presidents of All Time

By Terence P. Jeffrey | December 17, 2009 | 11:14 AM EST

( - Campaign historian Craig Shirley says he shares the view of historians John Patrick Diggins and James MacGregor Burns that Ronald Reagan was one of America’s greatest presidents.

Shirley’s new book Rendezvous With Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America tells the story of Reagan’s victorious and transformational campaign for the presidency in 1980.  In a previous work, Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started it All, Shirley told the story of the 1976 campaign in which Reagan almost beat incumbent President Gerald Ford for the Republican presidential nomination.

Appearing on’s “Online with Terry Jeffrey,” Shirley discussed his book and why he believes Reagan ranks as one of the four greatest American presidents of all time. See the interview here: