A Pope and a President

John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century

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  • Product Code: APAPH
  • Format: Hardback
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781610171434
  • Height: 9.3
  • Size: 6.3 x 1.5
  • Pages: 648
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  • Publication date: June 15, 2017
  • Weight: 34.08 oz
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A Singular Bond That Changed History

Even as historians credit ­Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II with hastening the end of the Cold War, they have failed to recognize the depth or significance of the bond that developed between the two leaders.

Acclaimed scholar and bestselling author Paul Kengor changes that. In this fascinating book, he reveals a singular bond—which included a spiritual connection between the Catholic pope and the Protestant president—that drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the twentieth century: Soviet communism.

Reagan and John Paul II almost didn't have the opportunity to forge this relationship: just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, they took bullets from would-be assassins. But their strikingly similar near-death experiences brought them close together—to Moscow's dismay.

A Pope and a President is the product of years of research. Based on Kengor's tireless archival digging and his unique access to Reagan insiders, the book reveals:

  • The inside story on the 1982 meeting where the president and the pope confided their conviction that God had spared their lives for the purpose of defeating communism
  • Captivating new information on the attempt on John Paul II's life, including a ­previously unreported secret CIA investigation—was Moscow behind the plot?
  • The many similarities and the spiritual bond between the pope and the president—and how Reagan privately spoke of the "DP": the Divine Plan to take down communism
  • New details about how the Protestant Reagan became intensely interested in the "secrets of Fátima," which date to the reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fátima, Portugal, starting on May 13, 1917—­sixty-four years to the day before John Paul II was shot
  • A startling insider account of how the USSR may have been set to invade the pope's native Poland in March 1981—only to pull back when news broke that Reagan had been shot

Nancy Reagan called John Paul II her husband's "closest friend"; Reagan himself told Polish visitors that the pope was his "best friend." When you read this book, you will understand why. As kindred spirits, Ronald Reagan and John Paul II united in pursuit of a supreme objective—and in doing so they changed history.

Paul Kengor

Paul Kengor is the acclaimed author of the best-selling books God and Ronald Reagan, God and George W. Bush, and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism. He is a professor of Political Science at Grove City College, and is a frequent contributor to MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, FOX NEWS.


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"No Reagan biographer or scholar knows Ronald Reagan and conservatism like Paul Kengor." 
Michael Reagan

p>"Kengor has unearthed eye-popping new information that left me amazed."
Fred BarnesWeekly Standard

p>"Combines great story-telling with his commitment to scholarly detail."
Peter ­Schweizer, bestselling author of Reagan's War

p>"Kengor's research is prodigious, his analysis keen and insightful, his writing clear, and his work distinguished. His command of the Reagan legacy is ­incomparable." ­
Tony Dolan, chief speechwriter and special assistant to President Reagan

"Kengor links Reagan with the other monumental figure of the same era, Pope John Paul II, and documents how their collaboration (and friendship) succeeded in bringing about the demise of Soviet Communism. The Catholic reader, in particular, will find the heretofore-unknown fascination of Reagan with Fatima to be most captivating – especially in this centennial year of the apparitions."
— Fr. Peter Stravinskas
, The Catholic Response

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