Craig Shirley (born September 24, 1956) is an American author, lecturer, historian and public affairs consultant. He has written two bestsellers on former U.S. president Ronald Reagan – Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign that Changed America (2014) and Reagan's Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All (2005). Shirley also wrote December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World, a New York Times–bestseller published in December 2011 about the attack on Pearl Harbor and its effects on the American people and the American culture. All three books went to paperback.
Born and raised in Syracuse, New York, Shirley earned a degree in History and Political Science from Springfield College. His first two books on Reagan’s 1976 and 1980 campaigns have been hailed as the definitive works and not to be rivaled or imitated any time soon, as declared by many reviewers. Shirley was named by the London Telegraph, "the best of the Reagan biographers" and writer Tony Lee of Breitbart said he was “one of the most esteemed Ronald Reagan biographers." Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard called him "a prominent biographer of Ronald Reagan" as well as Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard, a "noted Ronald Reagan biographer.”..
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