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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (74 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Kengor Narrator: John Pruden Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this dramatic meditation on the life of Ronald Reagan, historian Paul Kengor presents an account of the fortieth president that has never been written—one that details Reagan’s campaign against the Soviet Union, which lasted more than forty years.

Utilizing reams of recently declassified documents, Kengor assembles a striking mosaic of Reagan’s words and actions that toppled the Soviet Union—from his covert support of the rebels who defeated the Soviets in Afghanistan to his secret oil collusion with Saudi Arabia that devastated the Soviet economy. With unparalleled research, this fascinating book tells the story of how one president did more to bring down the Soviet Union than any other single administration in this history of the Cold War. It’s a story of how one American’s fight ended the twentieth century’s longest war. It’s a story of one man who changed history. It’s the story of a crusader. 

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  • “While many have tried, few have succeeded in telling such a complete and thorough history of my dad’s greatest triumph: the downfall of the Soviet Union. A fascinating read—with all of the passion, intrigue, and fairness he would have wanted—The Crusader is unlike any other book about him.”

    Michael Reagan

  • “Combining the skills of great storytelling with his commitment to scholarly detail, Paul Kengor has written an important book that also makes for a fascinating read. The Crusader will not only entertain and inform; it will change minds.”

    Peter Schweizer, author of Do as I Day (Not as I Do) and Reagan’s War

  • “In one beautifully written volume, Paul Kengor got the whole story—complete, accurate, and with more fascinating and never-before-reported details about how Ronald Reagan succeeded than any other Cold War historian. This is far and away the best book anyone has written about how President Reagan and his team fought and won the Cold War. Centuries from now, The Crusader will be read by anyone who wants to know how the Cold War really ended.”

    Herb Meyer, special assistant to CIA Director William Casey, 1981–1987

  • “This book illuminates a side of Ronald Reagan evident only to those closest to him, including the deep influence of the man’s faith in his attack on atheistic Soviet communism. The Crusader is another important addition to our historical understanding of Ronald Reagan, his presidency, his policies, and the end of the Cold War.”

    William P. Clark, National Security Advisor, 1982–1983

  • The Crusader is a masterpiece, painstakingly researched, filled with new evidence no has seen, including shockers from Soviet files, freedom-of-information requests, and freshly declassifed, heretofore unknown documents.”

    Michael Novak, author of Washington’s God

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Don | 8/8/2013

    " Great Read from my Son! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by GySgt. DD Barton Ret | 8/6/2013

    " Excellent Book to help you understand the 80's and Reagan's Administration and the Cold War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Deadparrot16 | 5/2/2013

    " Great indepth biography of Ronald Reagan "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kent | 11/11/2012

    " Excellent, easy read which describes how Reagan proactively went after the Soviet Communists early in his administration. The book tells a lot of what went on behind the scenes during the 80s, most of which no one ever realized or discussed since it was secret. Important book. "

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About the Author

Paul Kengor, PhD, is a bestselling author whose works include Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century; God and Ronald Reagan; God and George W. Bush; God and Hillary Clinton; and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism. His articles regularly appear in USA Today, the New York Times, and numerous academic journals. He is a professor at Grove City College and a frequent commentator on television and radio. He earned his bachelor’s degree and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and his master’s from American University.