Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That by Craig Shirley

By Craig Shirley

As overdue as Election Day, headlines around the kingdom blared that the race used to be “too with regards to call.” Even at the verge of his ancient triumph within the 1980 presidential election, political observers persisted to underestimate Ronald Wilson Reagan. In Rendezvous with future, the long-awaited follow-up to his greatly praised account of Reagan’s rebel 1976 presidential crusade, Craig Shirley tells the tremendous behind-the-scenes tale of Reagan’s unbelievable run to the White apartment in 1980—of how the “too just about name” election grew to become a landslide victory over incumbent Jimmy Carter and autonomous candidate John Anderson. And this, Shirley indicates, used to be no usual election. It dramatically altered the process American—and world—history. Reagan’s victory gave upward push to a brand new new release of conservatism, ended liberalism’s half-century reign of dominance, reversed the second-worst fiscal problem in American background, and ended in the loss of life of the amazing Soviet Union. to jot down Rendezvous with future, Shirley received unparalleled entry to 1980 crusade documents and interviewed greater than a hundred and fifty insiders—from Reagan’s closest advisers and kin to Jimmy Carter himself. the result's the 1st finished heritage of the hard-fought 1980 crusade, a gripping account that follows Reagan’s not going direction from his sour defeat at the flooring of the 1976 Republican conference, via his underreported “wilderness years,” via grueling fundamental fights during which he knocked out numerous Republican heavyweights, via an often-nasty common election crusade complex via the presence of a third-party candidate (not to say the looming shadow of Ted Kennedy), to Reagan’s awesome victory on Election evening in 1980. Shirley’s years of extensive study have enabled him to narrate numerous untold stories—including, in the end, the answer to 1 of the main enduring mysteries in politics: simply how Reagan’s crusade obtained carry of Carter’s debate briefing books. Rendezvous with future finds how Reagan effectively battled the headwinds of the nationwide media, the Republican social gathering institution, or even his personal crusade crew to develop into certainly one of America’s maximum leader executives.

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The Democrats had owned the future since 1932, being the party of hope, but now Carter was ceding the political battleground of the future. The sour speech set the tone for Carter's presidency. Fittingly, the first movie aired in the Carter White House was All the President's Men. but Carter fundamentally misunderstood the consequences of Watergate. He made symbolic gestures, including taking limousines away from the White House staff, banning the playing of “Hail to the Chief,” carrying his own suit bag slung over his shoulder (though rumors were rampant that the bag was empty), wearing dungarees, and other “depomping the presidency” efforts.

Rendezvous with destiny : Ronald Reagan and the campaign that changed America / Craig Shirley. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-933859-55-2 (cloth bound : alk. paper) 1. Presidents—United States—Election—1980. 2. Reagan, Ronald. 3. United States—Politics and government—1977–1981. 4. Political campaigns—United States. I. Title. org Manufactured in the United States of America Most men are lucky to have one good woman in their lives. I have been fortunate to have had several.

Americans did not like to kick presidents out of office. In twenty previous elections dating back to 1900, only twice—in 1912 and 1932—had the American people found sufficient reason to boot the elected incumbent. More presidents in the twentieth century had left the White House feet first than had been given their walking papers by the American voter. THE ROAD AHEAD FOR Ronald Reagan would be rough, but the road behind had been strewn with many hazards. In 1980 he made his third try for the Republican Party's nomination.

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