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Reagan's Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All

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Today's political scene looks nothing like it did thirty years ago, and that is due mostly to Reagan's monumental reshaping of the Republican party. What few people realize, however, is that Reagan's revolution did not begin when he took office in 1980, but in his failed presidential challenge to Gerald Ford in 1975-1976. This is the remarkable story of that historic campa ...more
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Nelson Current
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Jan 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Yeah, another one of those where I don't agree with the politics, but it's a really fascinating story.
Mar 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
A detailed look at the primary process...and an interesting race.
Edmond Dantes
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
L'autore è una Vestale del Reaganismo, religione che , a più di 10 anni dalla morte del suo fondatore , è tuttora una dominante del pensiero politico americano. In questo, uno dei molti libri dedicati al suo eroe , Shurley studia, con perizia americana , la campagmna elettorale del 1976, o meglio la corsa alla "nomination" repubblicana, che vide Reagan soccombere a Ford , il quale poi perse in autunno contro Reagan, nei , per il GOP, difficili anni post-watergate.
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Nicky Billou
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Craig Shirley is an amazing biographer. Reagan is my favourite PRESIDENT of the last 150 years and Shirley does an amazing job of bringing the 76 campaign he waged to unseat Jerry Ford to life. What a fascinating tale.
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of the many Reagan volumes which occupy my library, Craig Shirley's account of the 1976 campaign was inspiring - it made me feel as though I was right there on the campaign trail with Reagan. Reagan's close loss to an incumbent President Ford established the legitimacy of the conservative movement on the national stage, setting the tone for 1980. (I recently purchased Shirley's follow-up "Rendezvous with Destiny" about the 1980 campaign).
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Craig Shirley's "Reagan's Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All" seemed like a good place to start to gain a better understanding of modern-day conservatism. This book, one of Shirley's many on the subject of Reagan, is an important link in elucidating the rise of conservativism that began with Goldwater and reached its apogee during the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

Although well written and thoroughly researched, my chief complaint with this otherwise excellent book i
Bryan Macklowe
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
A fascinating inside look at the 1976 Republican Primary campaign between incumbent President Gerard R. Ford, the only appointed president in our history, and former California Governor and Hollywood actor Ronald Reagan. It tells of how Reagan came close to wresting the nomination away from Ford. Ultimately the incumbent prevailed and went on to narrowly lose the general election to Democrat Jimmy Carter, but getting to that point was historic itself: This election set the stage for Reagan's vic ...more
Brendan Steinhauser
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just finished this excellent book about Ronald Reagan's 1976 presidential campaign, where he challenged the incumbent president, Gerald Ford. Craig Shirley's writing is clear, precise, and pulls the curtain back on the campaign that made Reagan a truly national political figure who would eventually win the white house in 1980. Some of the best parts of the book are the accounts of the battle at the GOP convention in Kansas City. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading Shirley's f ...more
Nov 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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Great insight into the 1976 campaign that really changed everything for the modern GOP. A lot of this is not "news" for anyone who is familiar with Reagan, but the huge cast of real-life people (many of whom were in their 20s and 30s who are still present today in politics), the amusing anecdotes for any political junkie, and the sheer comprehension of the fact that Reagan was challenging an incumbent, albeit a very weak one who was actually never elected to any of the executive branch positions ...more
Mar 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
It's written from the perspective of a Reagan disciple and is built on the premises of the conservative movement, so it needs to be read with a grain of salt. But Shirley has done a lot of research and it's hard to dispute his premise that the 1976 Republican primary had a major impact on the future shape of the Republican Party, and in a more indirect way, America.
Charles Blumberg
Great historical account of the '76 Republican Primary nomination between Reagan and Ford. Even though Regan lost, it is the story of what launched him and and the conservatives within the party to prominence.
Reagan's Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All by Craig Shirley (2005)
Patrick McGarry
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
wow, what a time it must have been when the Republican Party actually had a conservative leader! Maybe someday it'll happen again.
Kyle Oliphint
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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A very good read. He gets into the weeds a bit with very specific people and practices, but good nonetheless.
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
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Really good filling in of the gaps on Reagan. Focuses exclusively on the 1976 Republican primary with Gerald Ford. Great introduction to Reagan's influence on the Party.
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