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“December 1941” Featured in Northern Virginia Magazine

Craig Shirley, who lives in Alexandria, provides a new perspective on World War II called “December 1941:  31 Days that Saved America and Changed the World,” published by Thomas Nelson.

During the first week of December 1941, America was still struggling with the remnants of the Great Depression, and war was not on its mind.  But everything changed on Dec. 7.  Shirley details that month’s impact on America, an impact still felt today, with powerful prose.

Shirley specifically mentions D.C.’s reaction to the Pearl Harbor attack and the immediate legal and political ramifications.  A local authority on a local matter should make this book essential for the region’s history enthusiasts.

Shirley himself is a true local presence.  He not only lives in Alexandria, he also serves as president and CEO of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs.  He has long been involved in the political scene, and he has already written two highly successful books on the Reagan campaigns of 1976 and 1980.

Also forthcoming from Shirley is a biography of Newt Gingrich, with full cooperation from Gingrich himself.  That book, entitled “Citizen Newt,” wends its way into stores in January 2012, and is also published by Thomas Nelson.  Both “December 1941″ and “Citizen Newt” retail for $24.99.

“Newt” author: ‘We are witnessing one of the greatest…comebacks in American history”

With Rick Perry’s stumble last night, I emailed Reagan biographer Craig Shirley for his thoughts on whether or not former Speaker Newt Gingrich might become the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. Shirley is currently working on a new book about Gingrich’s professional life from 1973-1994, ending with the Republican revolution.

Here’s what he had to say:

Citizen Newt” will come out next year as this story is still being played out in dramatic fashion. We are witnessing one of the greatest–if not the greatest–political comebacks in American History.

It is a story rich in irony (remember the consultants who left Newt for Perry?) and personality durability. In the end, Gingrich’s durability might be one of his greatest assets, like Clinton’s and Nixon’s and Reagan’s resilience was for them. Clinton, Nixon and Reagan all staged dramatic comebacks as well. All were pronounced politically dead by the intelligentsia but they had other ideas, as does Gingrich.

It is also a story about how the elites have finally and completely walled themselves off from the American people and thus from reality. I mean, these people are proclaiming Romney all but the nominee when every conservative I know loathes the idea of him as the nominee.

Craig to Preview ‘Reagan 101’ Course at Eureka College November 14, 2011

Eureka College’s first-ever Visiting Reagan Scholar, author Craig Shirley, will offer a preview of a course that he will teach at the college this spring. “Reagan 101: A Preview” will be discussed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Cerf Center. A question-and-answer period will follow.

Admission is $5 or free for members of the Ronald W. Reagan Society.

Shirley will return to the college this spring to teach “Reagan 101” during the summer term that begins May 21. The public is welcome to enroll. For more information, contact the Provost’s Office at (309) 467-6301.

Shirley is among the foremost experts on the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan. He is a frequent speaker, columnist and commentator on the history of Reagan’s campaigns.
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Elite media wrong again

My favorite childhood cartoon was “Rocky and Bullwinkle.” For my brother and me, the highlight was a segment in which Bullwinkle appeared as “Mr. Know-It-All.”

We might not have realized it, but “Rocky and Bullwinkle” was more than intellectual cartoon fare. “Moose and Squirrel” were also hard-nosed anti-communists. The cartoon’s originator, Jay Ward, was a Goldwater man.

The skits were funny and insightful — two concepts foreign to many of today’s political operators, candidates and the elite media.

Bullwinkle, as Mr. Know-It-All, had nothing on some of the “knights of the keyboard” of the national media or the cleavage commentators of cable TV — few of whom have ever worked in a political campaign and fewer still apparently know how to read a poll.

Sen. Barry Goldwater once said the nice thing about politics and sex is you don’t have to be good at them to enjoy them, but this is ridiculous.

More than 150 major stories since Sept. 12 have been written, as well as thousands of asides offered, about how the GOP was now a “two-man race” between former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It was “baked in the cake.”

How many now remember President John Connally or President Ted Kennedy — or other slam-dunk nominees, who only had to float their names to win the presidency as enunciated by the elites? Continue reading Elite media wrong again