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A Pope and a President

John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century
Narrated by: James Anderson Foster
Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
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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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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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Exceptional!!!!

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

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Astouding Book But Frightfully Messianic

This is an important book that I'll share many times. It is extremely well written. The topic and events are covered in great detail, but written in a manner that is easy to follow. I have to say that for such a deep plunge into a historical event this writer is one of the best I've encountered. I will look for other works of his. I aim to characterize this author only accurately and respectfully when I state that he is associated with a Christian college and think tank, so there is a religious view presented here. He offered too little (i.e. nothing) in reporting of factors other than religious missions bringing about the fall of Communism. Therefore this is an account of a friendship and joint mission, not an accurate account of the multiple causes for the fall of Communism. The story of Fatima and the long Fatima beliefs/influences is another thread that is well told here. The accounting of the friendship between these two world leaders is enthralling. Most startling to me - Ronald Reagan's messianic bent was frightfully illustrated, as well as this example of religion's influence on a political matter. (A huge discussion for another time and place. I want to note that only to give readers a more complete review. It's also an interesting reason not to miss this book.) Overall, with strongest praise I do want to say that it is a most well written and fascinating account of a key historical event. The narrator is wonderful - weaves complex text to make it more understandable. I'll look for his work again too. If you're not a religious person or a great skeptic it might be quite difficult to get through this one. But I truly hope you do.

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It is LOOONG, but worth it

This book goes into quite a bit of depth about the relationship between the 2 men in the title. It was truly interesting to see how much they worked together, and how each played a role in toppling the Soviet Union. It gets a bit too much into Catholic mysticism, but, as the writer points out, you have to understand some of that to truly understand what made the Pope tick. Overall it is very informative. #History #InternationaRelations #ColdWar #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Learned a lot

Reading Bios is a great way to catch up on your history. I grew up in the '80s and was too young to have any knowledge of what was going on in the world. Of course, being Catholic I knew about JPII, but I didn't know much about Reagan, other than his name.

This book opened my eyes to some of the historical situations, increased my knowledge of JPII, and gave me a great admiration for Reagan.

The author was very balanced, and regularly referenced his personal interviews, letters, and testimonies that he had gathered. He brought in a religion of course because it was important to both of his subjects, though it is not a religious book per se.

My only qualm with the writing is an over-attempt to find connections in the lives of these two men. It was cute, but sometimes was a little much.

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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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