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CRAIG SHIRLEY har skrivit två intressanta och underhållande böcker om Ronald Reagan. De kan rekommenderas till alla med intresse för politiska valkampanjer.

Boken Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America handlar om hur Reagan 1980 besegrade president Jimmy Carter.

Bilden på framsidan av boken visar när Reagan officiellt tillkännager att han drar igång den valkampanj som skall ta honom ända till Vita huset.

Så här beskriver Shirley ögonblicket:

The setting that the campaign had chosen for the Labor Day launch provided a striking visual. With the Statue of Liberty in the background and the wind tousling his hair, Reagan looked virile and in command. The day was hot and humid, and Reagan shucked his tie and jacked, undid the top two buttons of his shirt, and rolled up his sleeves, but not before giving his cufflinks to an unknown man in the crowd who had complemented them.

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On this Labor Day he scored the president for having “betrayed” the working men and women of America. Gesturing to the statue behind him, he said, “The Lady standing there in the harbor has never betrayed us once.” Then, referring to the criticism he had provoked by using the term “depression,” Reagan proclaimed: “Let it show on the record that when the American people cried out for economic help, Jimmy Carter took refuge behind a dictionary. Well, if it’s a definition he wants, I’ll give him one. A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. Recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his!” The crowd went wild.

Alla republikaner försöker idag på ett eller annat sätt signalsera att man är Reagans politiska och ideologiska arvinge.

När Jon Huntsman exempelvis drog igång sin kampanj gjorde han det också med Frihetsgudinnan i bakgrunden. Precis som Reagan 1980. Uppenbart för att väcka positiva minnen och stjäla lite av stjärnglansen från Reagan-eran.

Även Craig Shirleys tidigare bokReagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All (2005) – kan varmt rekommenderas.

Boken handlar om året 1976 när Reagan försökte bli partiets presidentkandidat genom att utmana president Gerald Ford. Försöket misslyckades men kampanjen kom att förändra det stagnerade republikanska partiet och lade därmed också grunden för segern 1980.

Goda nyheter är att Shirley även planerar att skriva en bok om Reagans återvalskampanj 1984.

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HISTORIA: Under januari firar tidskriften History Today 60 år. Enligt Richard Cavendish, kolumnist på tidskriften, var det Winston Churchill som fick idén till namnet. Här ser vi omslaget till första nummret.

The magazine’s founder was Brendan Bracken, Conservative MP, resourceful publisher, charming gatecrasher and close ally of Winston Churchill. An excellent Minister of Information in 1941-45, he was detested by his civil servants, who cheered when he lost his seat in the 1945 general election, and is said to have inspired some aspects of Big Brother in George Orwell’s 1984.

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He discussed his idea for a new history magazine with ‘the Boss’, as he called Churchill, and the story goes that after a fierce session in the House of Commons they both retired to the smoking room, where Bracken told Churchill, ‘We have made history today’ and Churchill told him that was the ideal title for the magazine.

Läs mer: ”January 1951: The first issue of History Today” av Richard Cavendish i History Today, januari 2011

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