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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 best-selling 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 20th 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, this book reveals captivating new details on a relationship that changed history.

©2017 Paul Kengor (P)2017 Tantor

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

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Exceptional!!!!

An excellent read/listen. These two men made the world a better place! We need both of them now.

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A wonderful account of two amazing lives and their impact on us all!

I love both of these amazing men! A beautiful account of a very dark time in our culture. How two men, following God’s call changed our lives. If you love President Regan and Pope Saint John Paul II, read this!

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This is the best book I have ever read about Reagan.

I loved it so much I bought it in print and in audio. It is something I can read over and over again and still not tire of. I highly recommend this book.

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Wonferful

A very refreshing spiritual and social journey through history. Narration was superb, you feel like you can see the story going through your mind

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Amazing!!

Such an inspiring and interesting read!! I couldn't stop and didn't want it to end.

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Terrific Book

This book is a combination spy novel, history book, spiritual book, and uplifting book. It is just terrific. If you’re interested in history, spirituality and entertainment, buy this book!

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beautiful account

A beautiful account of the partnership of a Catholic Pope and a Protestant President that brought down an Evil Empire.

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Encyclopedic yet fascinating

What did you love best about A Pope and a President?

This is not a work of popular history, or that of a dilettante, but a scholarly presentation of one of the 20th century's most unexamined but interesting subjects - the relationship between Pope John Paul II, President Ronald Reagan, and the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal in 1917.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Despite it's length, he book is fascinating and kept me interested during a some long drives over the course of a few days.

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Great book. I truly enjoyed listening.

The book answered many important questions for me. I was born in Bulgaria and was there during the time of the attempted assassination and at the fall of the Berlin wall. The book made me appreciate highly Saint John Paul 2 and Presidet Reagan.

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An outstanding book!

I highly recommend this book. It provides deep insight into one of the most important events in recent history. It shows clearly the working of Providence in our world.

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