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Exclusive Author Event & Book-Signing with Craig Shirley

November 17, 2009

Santa Barbara, CA

Young America’s Foundation will host author Craig Shirley on November 17, 2009 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. PT as he talks about his newest book, Rendezvous with Destiny, which reveals how Reagan successfully battled the headwinds of the national media, the Republican Party establishment, and even his own campaign team to become one of America’s greatest chief executives. Copies of Mr. Shirley’s book will be available for purchase.

Archived video - Craig Shirley at the Reagan Ranch Center 

Mr. Shirley will be interviewed LIVE from the Reagan Ranch Center by Larry Kudlow of CNBC's Kudlow Report  this afternoon from 4:40 p.m. PT to 5:00 p.m. PT. The topic is Sarah Palin.

What:                    Exclusive Author Event & Book-Signing with Craig Shirley

When:                   Tuesday, November 17, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. PT-5:00 p.m. PT -

Where:                  The Reagan Ranch Center,  217 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Cost:                     FREE!

RSVP is REQUIRED. Space is limited. Please call 888-USA-1776 to RSVP today.


“Anyone who would understand the Reagan victory of 1980 and the movement that eliminated the Soviet Union and revitalized America must read—indeed must study—Craig Shirley’s brilliant, comprehensive work.”

            —Newt Gingrich

 “This exhilarating history . . . arrives, serendipitously, at a moment when conservatives are much in need of an inspiriting examination of their finest hour.”

George F. Will


About Rendezvous with Destiny 

As late as Election Day, headlines across the county blared that the race was “too close to call.”

Even on the verge of his historic triumph in the 1980 presidential election, political observers continued to underestimate Ronald Wilson Reagan.

In Rendezvous with Destiny, the long-awaited follow-up to his widely praised account of Reagan’s insurgent campaign that nearly wrested the 1976 Republican nomination from President Gerald Ford, Craig Shirley tells the incredible behind-the-scenes story of Reagan’s improbable run to the White House in 1980—of how the “too close to call” election became a landslide victory over incumbent Jimmy Carter and independent candidate John Anderson.

And this, Shirley shows, was no ordinary election. It dramatically altered the course of American—and world—history. Reagan’s victory gave rise to a new generation of conservatism, ended liberalism’s half-century reign of dominance, reversed the second-worst economic crisis in American history, and led to the demise of the mighty Soviet Union.

To write Rendezvous with Destiny, Shirley gained unprecedented access to 1980 campaign files and interviewed more than 150 insiders—from Reagan’s closest advisers and family members to Jimmy Carter himself. The result is the first comprehensive history of the hard-fought 1980 campaign, a gripping account that follows Reagan’s unlikely path from his bitter defeat on the floor of the 1976 Republican convention, through his underreported “wilderness years,” through grueling primary fights in which he knocked out several Republican heavyweights, through an often-nasty general election campaign only complicated by the presence of a third-party candidate (not to mention the looming shadow of Ted Kennedy), to Reagan’s astounding victory on Election Night in 1980. Shirley’s years of intensive research have enabled him to relate countless untold stories—including, at long last, the solution to one of the most enduring mysteries in politics: just how Reagan’s campaign got hold of Carter’s debate briefing books.

Rendezvous with Destiny reveals how Reagan successfully battled the headwinds of the national media, the Republican Party establishment, and even his own campaign team to become one of America’s greatest chief executives.


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