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Last Act Wins the USA Best Book Award

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Craig Shirley’s compelling account Of Reagan’s final years Wins for “Best Narrative: Non Fiction”

New York, NY – Acclaimed historian and Reagan biographer Craig Shirley’s latest work, Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan, has been awarded the prestigious USA Best Book Award for “Best Narrative: Non Fiction,” for 2015. The USA Book Award honors excellence in writing in a wide array of subjects. The full announcement can be found here.

“Like with all my books, I’ve labored hard and long to get the story right, to get the facts right and so I am deeply gratified and honored that USA book news chose to recognize Last Act with this award,” said Craig Shirley.  “Of course, none of this would be possible without the steady and longtime superb assistance of Borko Komnenovic, my longtime research assistant and my friend.”

This groundbreaking work, forged through years of meticulous research and interviews with Reagan’s top advisers reveals the facts of Reagan’s active final years and unprecedented national response to his passing in 2004.

  • The surprising facts about Reagan’s battle with Alzheimer’s and the truth about when and how his diagnosis was discovered and the irrefutable proof that he was not afflicted while in office.
  • Following Reagan’s death, media outlets and opinion leaders wasted no time in viciously savaging Reagan, his legacy, and those who followed him. Even as the country turned out in huge numbers to pay their respects, the vicious and persona

Statement on the feud between Bill O’Reilly and George Will over the historical accuracy of O’Reilly’s Book “Killing Reagan,”

Bill O’Reilly has been revealed to be a very poor historian, which to say he is no historian at all. It’s like writing that John Hancock led the American Revolution instead of George Washington. He is that sloppy. He also has been revealed to be nothing more than a school yard bully with an extremely thin skin.

George F. Will has trumped him on facts, on style and on substance. Many historians and those who knew Reagan have revealed his very poor scholarship

George F. Will to appear on “The O’Reilly Factor” to discuss the false charges O’Reilly made about Reagan

Tonight, on FOX News, world renowned and conservative columnist George Will appears on Bill O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor program to refute the false charges O’Reilly has made about President Reagan in his new book, “Killing Reagan.”  George already debunked the outright fabrications and errors made in “Killing Reagan” in his Washington Post column this morning. But, being the pro he is, George also felt it was important to appear on The O’Reilly Factor to rebut the author directly on TV.

George is not alone.  Numerous former aides, historians and columnists have spoken out against “Killing Reagan” because of its slanderous tone and approach toward our 40th President.  But we need your help now.  Please watch The O’Reilly Factor tonight and use Facebook and Twitter or any other means you might choose to comment afterwards.  Now is the time for all good Reaganites to come to the aid of his legacy.


Mari Will, former Director of Communications and Speechwriter, Reagan White House

Craig Shirley, expert Reagan historian and author of three key books on President Reagan

John Heubusch, Executive Director, The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Former President George H.W. Bush says Nancy Reagan “does not like Barbara” in biography

The relationship between the Bushes and the Reagans was complicated to say the least.

Bush had run a personal and often negative campaign against Reagan in 1980 and while President Reagan was more forgiving, Mrs. Reagan had a long memory. Barbara Bush also was chary of the Reagans and Reagan’s brand of conservatism.

There were pretty sizable cultural and ideological differences.

The Bushes were never invited to the private residence of the Reagan White House for all eight years, even as others were.

Still, both Reagans wanted former president Bush to speak at the funeral, as Bush came through like a champ.

Additional Criticisms of Bill O’Reilly’s book “Killing Reagan”

December 17, Bill O’Reilly Makes a Killing by Laura Miller

December 8, What Bill O’Reilly Gets Wrong About Ronald Reagan by George P. Shultz

December 4, Ronald Reagan’s mind was razor sharp: A former presidential speechwriter corrects Bill O’Reilly by Ben Elliott

November 20, Killing Reagan: What O’Reilly Didn’t Say by Jeffrey Lord

November 19, Bill O’Reilly Blasted Over Factually Challenged ‘Killing Reagan’ by Daryl Deino

November 19, Did O’Reilly Finally Go Too Far? by Victor Davis Hanson

November 19, Reagan biographer Craig Shirley: O’Reilly’s Killing Reagan is a ‘pile of garbage’ by Myra Adams

November 18, George Will, Bill O’Reilly face off over ‘Killing Reagan’ by Victor Davis Hanson

November 18, Tuesday Cable Ratings: Megyn Kelly Beats O’Reilly in 25-54 Demo by Josh Feldman

November 17, There can be no legitimate criticism of Bill O’Reilly by Erik Wemple

November 17, Killing History: Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Reagan Not the First Sensational History Novel by Spencer Irvine

November 13, The misleading hype of author Bill O’Reilly by Erik Wemple

November 13, Bill O’Reilly is Everything Wrong with American Journalism by The Infowars Nightly News

November 13, The misleading hype of author Bill O’Reilly by Erik Wemple

November 12, Bill O’Reilly and the Fanciful, Unbelievable, Farfetched Magical Mystery Tour de Farce, ‘Killing Reagan’ by Craig Shirley

November 12, Cleaning Up Bill O’Reilly’s Mess by Craig Shirley

November 12, Bullied By O’Reilly, George Will Has The Last Word (So Far) by Adam Buckman

November 11, Bill O’Reilly, George Will brawl over Ronald Reagan’s legacy by David Bauder

November 11, George Will vs. Bill O’Reilly rages on: O’Reilly accuses Will of waging a “jihad” against him out of jealousy by Sophia Tesfaye

November 11, O’Reilly: George Will Is on a ‘Jihad’ Against Me Because He’s ‘Jealous’ by Josh Feldman

November 10, George Will strikes back at ‘interloper’ O’Reilly by T. Becket Adams

November 10, O’Reilly Responds to George Will, ‘Reagan Cabal’: ‘Misguided and Disingenuous’ Attacks by Josh Feldman

November 10, Bill O’Reilly vs. George Will feud keeps simmering by Tom Kludt

November 10, Report: Fox News insiders say Bill O’Reilly vs. George Will feud is part of Roger Ailes’ “Game of Thrones”-style plot by Sophia Tesfaye

November 10, George Will: O’Reilly’s ‘Carelessness’ In Reagan Book ‘Pollutes History’ by Caitlin MacNeal

November 10, Bill O’Reilly makes a mess of history by George F. Will

November 10, Bill O’reilly Doubles Down — Attacks ‘Elitist’ George Will, Vows To ‘Confront Deceit’ by Jeff Poor

November 10, The Bill O’Reilly–George Will Feud Pulls Back the Curtain on a Civil War Raging at Fox News by Gabriel Sherman

November 10, O’Reilly: “Your Last Book Was A Huge Bomb, George … Only 28,000 Copies Sold. I Might Be Jealous, Too, With That Kind Of Resume” by Media Matters Staff

November 10, Mark Levin Slams Bill O’Reilly For ‘Smearing’ Ronald Reagan: ‘Shame on Him!’ by Alex Griswold

November 10, Critics smoke O’Reilly out, he lashes Reagan defenders, they want ‘deification’ by Paul Bedard

November 9, O’Reilly: Media Hammers Carson for ‘Tiny’ Things But Gave Hillary a Pass on Benghazi by Josh Feldman

November 9, O’Reilly-George Will ‘Civil War’ at Fox News by Greg Richter

November 9, 2015, Bill O’Reilly vs. George Will by Ramesh Ponnuru

November 9, 2015, Show us the proof, Bill! by Erik Wemple

November 8, 2015, In epic clash with George Will over ‘Killing Reagan,’ Fox News host Bill O’Reilly renounces journalism by Erik Wemple

November 5, 2015, Bill O’Reilly slanders Ronald Reagan by George F. Will

November 5, 2015, ‘No-Facts Zone’: George Will Tears Into O’Reilly’s Reagan Book by Josh Feldman

November 5, 2015, George Will piles on Bill O’Reilly for Reagan ‘slander’ by T. Becket Adams

October 30, Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Reagan’ faces a raft of criticism by Husna Haq

October 26, 2014, Bill O’Reilly “Co-authored a book smearing Ronald Reagan!” by Mark Levin

October 24, 2015, Review of “Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard by James Graham Wilson

October 21, 2015, After reading manuscript, scholar bailed on ‘Killing Reagan’ project by Erik Wemple

October 21, 2015, O’Reilly’s “Killing Reagan”: Fiction, Posing as Biography by Ed Meese & John Heubusch

October 20, 2015, Another Reagan senility myth by Frank J. Donatelli

October 20, 2015, O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Reagan’ co-author still fishing for key 1987 memo by Erik Wemple

October 20, 2015, O’Reilly: ‘Killing Reagan’ Critics Want to Deceive Us by Greg Richter

October 20, 2015, Reagan experts to O’Reilly: You don’t know what you’re talking about by T. Becket Adams

October 20, 2015, O’Reilly Once Again Kills the Truth by Ed Brayton

October 20, 2015, Bill O’Reilly, Ronald Reagan, and the History We’d Rather Not Know by Charles P. Pierce

October 19, 2015, BOOK REVIEW: ‘Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault that Changed a Presidency’ by Thomas W. Schaaf Sr.

October 19, 2015, Bill O’Reilly: True lies in the Spin Zone by Doug Poppa

October 19, 2015, Conservative Reagan Experts vs. Bill O’Reilly by Ramesh Ponnuru

October 17, 2015, Historians Slam O’Reilly ‘Killing Reagan’ Book for Reliance on Rumors, Gossip by Todd Beamon

October 16, 2015, Killing O’Reilly’s Reagan by Steven Hayward

October 16, 2015, Bill O’Reilly bashing: Demon of misinformation in ‘Killing Reagan’ by  Ken Stone

October 16, 2015, Reagan Biographers Take on Bill O’Reilly by Jeffrey Lord

October 16, 2015, Reagan Biographers: O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Reagan’ Full of Badly-Sourced, ‘Discredited’ Allegations by James Barrett

October 16, 2015, Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Reagan’ Filled With ‘Small And Large Mistakes Throughout,’ According To Historians by Jeremy Laukkonen

October 16, 2015, Leading Reagan historians take on Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Reagan by Thomas Lifson

October 16, 2015, Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Reagan” dismantled by scholars who have written 19 books on the former president by Scott Eric Kaufman

October 16, 2015, What Bill O’Reilly’s new book on Ronald Reagan gets wrong about Ronald Reagan by Craig Shirley, Kiron K. Skinner, Paul Kengor and Steven F. Hayward

October 9, 2015, A. B. Culvahouse: Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Reagan’ revives debunked myth by A.B. Culvahouse

October 8, 2015, Killing Bill: Reagan aides assail O’Reilly’s book, ‘Total B.S.’ by Paul Bedard

September 26, 2015, Killing the Reagan Legacy by Annelise Anderson

September 22, 2015, Ron Reagan Rips Killing Reagan Author Bill O’Reilly As A “Snake Oil Salesman” by Joe Strupp

September 22, 2015, ‘Killing Reagan’ a misfire for franchise by Ray Locker