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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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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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Quality in depth book

Surprisingly good quantity of new information. Keeps your attention and a good recap of the Cold War.

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This should be required reading for our youth today!

What a magnificent book! Growing up in the 80s and 90s and witnessing the conclusion of this amazing story we had no idea of all the incredible story behind the scenes. The initial explanation of atheistic communism and socialism and how it has infiltrated the fabric of our current society is a required reading for a youth so we can confront our current challenges.

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