By Craig Shirley
As overdue as Election Day, headlines around the state blared that the race was once “too on the subject of call.” Even at the verge of his ancient triumph within the 1980 presidential election, political observers endured to underestimate Ronald Wilson Reagan. In Rendezvous with future, the long-awaited follow-up to his broadly praised account of Reagan’s rebel 1976 presidential crusade, Craig Shirley tells the impressive behind-the-scenes tale of Reagan’s unbelievable run to the White condo in 1980—of how the “too with regards to name” election grew to become a landslide victory over incumbent Jimmy Carter and self reliant candidate John Anderson. And this, Shirley indicates, was once no traditional election. It dramatically altered the process American—and world—history. Reagan’s victory gave upward thrust to a brand new new release of conservatism, ended liberalism’s half-century reign of dominance, reversed the second-worst monetary predicament in American historical past, and resulted in the dying of the amazing Soviet Union. to put in writing Rendezvous with future, Shirley won unparalleled entry to 1980 crusade documents and interviewed greater than a hundred and fifty insiders—from Reagan’s closest advisers and relations to Jimmy Carter himself. the result's the 1st finished historical past of the hard-fought 1980 crusade, a gripping account that follows Reagan’s not likely course from his sour defeat at the flooring of the 1976 Republican conference, via his underreported “wilderness years,” via grueling fundamental fights within which he knocked out numerous Republican heavyweights, via an often-nasty normal election crusade advanced by way of the presence of a third-party candidate (not to say the looming shadow of Ted Kennedy), to Reagan’s fabulous victory on Election evening in 1980. Shirley’s years of in depth study have enabled him to narrate numerous untold stories—including, in the end, the answer to at least one of the main enduring mysteries in politics: simply how Reagan’s crusade obtained carry of Carter’s debate briefing books. Rendezvous with future unearths how Reagan effectively battled the headwinds of the nationwide media, the Republican occasion institution, or even his personal crusade staff to develop into one among America’s maximum leader executives.