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.



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July 18, 2019, 10:53 AM EDT
(MRC Photo) When not falling asleep in high school physics, I remember the teacher once saying that power could neither be destroyed nor created; it could only be transferred from one form to another. It made enormous sense to me.
May 31, 2019, 4:34 PM EDT
Former President Ronald Reagan (Photo by Michael Evans-The White House/Getty Images)
October 18, 2018, 1:43 PM EDT
I’ve often said that one of the signs of great writing is the ability to look within even your most hated enemy and find the grain of humanity through which they can be understood and explored by the reader. McKay Coppins’ new profile piece on Newt Gingrich in The Atlantic website is not great writing, just a liberal screed. But as Dorothy Parker said, “You can’t teach an old dogma new tricks.”
July 3, 2018, 12:35 PM EDT
Such is the modern Democratic and liberal party, where violence trumps dialogue, where calls for the heads of politicians and their kin are more than just words, they’re actual threats.
January 25, 2018, 11:22 AM EST
On Saturday, November 4, 1994, the people of the United States were greeted with a startling letter. “My Fellow Americans,” it began humbly. It did not waste any time for its purpose: “I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease.”
November 13, 2017, 11:55 AM EST
“Billionaire at the Barricades” by Laura Ingraham is not only a very good book, it is an important book. It is flying off the shelves and has already made multiple appearances on the New York Times bestsellers list. The Times, already caught red-handed putting their thumb on the scale against conservative authors, is attempting to clean up its act.
July 21, 2017, 1:47 PM EDT
What seems inexplicable on the outside looks like just the usual chaos to insiders.
June 24, 2017, 1:53 PM EDT
It’s become sort of a meme to dismissively say “so much for the tolerant left” whenever a leftist, a liberal or a collectivist commits an atrocity such as burning down a campus.
June 12, 2017, 11:49 AM EDT
Without Vic Gold, George HW Bush might never have been vice president and later president.
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.