Follow the life and legacy of Ronald Reagan, one of the greatest American political figures of all time, with his expert biographer Dr. Steven Hayward. Discover how this poor boy from Illinois came to be a Hollywood movie star, eloquent speaker and the 40th President of the United States.
The Wall Street Journal described Dr. Hayward’s second book about President Reagan as, “Excellent…. [Hayward] acknowledges Mr. Reagan’s sunny personality and ease in public, but he dismisses these as significant factors in his election. What mattered was Mr. Reagan’s unflinching conservatism and strong character, coupled with liberalism’s failures. Mr. Hayward is persuasive on this point.”
President Reagan will forever be remembered for his landmark meetings with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, eventually leading to the end of the Cold War. His strong morals and dedication to the rights of the individual will eternally leave a mark on our national and local governments. His refusal to give in to the demands of big government and the federal system, even as he was a part of that system, is testament to his unending commitment to the protection of the rights of the American people.
He has taken his place alongside Franklin Roosevelt as the most consequential president of the 20th century, and as the dominant influence in the modern Republican Party.
Enjoy this 12-topic series from acclaimed professor, author, gifted speaker and Reagan expert Dr. Steven Hayward in your home or car today.
About Your Presenter
Steven F. Hayward, is the F.K Weyerhaeuser Fellow in Law and Economics at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, and Senior Fellow at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and an M.A. in Government from Claremont Graduate School, and has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University and Ashland University. He writes frequently on a wide range of current topics, including environmentalism, law, economics and public policy for publications including National Review, Reason, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, The Public Interest, the Claremont Review of Books, and Policy Review. His newspaper articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other daily newspapers. He is the author of Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, published in 14 editions from 1994 – 2009, and its successor, the Almanac of Environmental Trends (www.environmentaltrends.org).
He is the author of a two-volume narrative history of Ronald Reagan and his effect on American political life, The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964-1980, and The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counter-Revolution, 1980-1989 (CrownForum books). National Review has called the first volume “grand and fascinating history,” comparing it favorably to Macaulay’s History of England. The Times Literary Supplement said that “the book reads at times like a grand historical drama, a kind of War and Peace of the American century, complete with romance and adventure and tragic characters, a thrilling survey of what we might have thought to be familiar history but which appears here quite transformed.” William Niskanen, chairman of Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, called volume 2 “simply the best history of the Reagan presidency,” while former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett said “this is the book we have been waiting for.” His other books include Churchill on Leadership, and Greatness: Reagan Churchill, and the Making of Modern Statesmen. Hayward lectures widely on American history, government, and the presidency, especially the presidency of Ronald Reagan.
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