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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.

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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 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, this book reveals captivating new details on a relationship that changed history.

“No Reagan biographer or scholar knows Ronald Reagan and conservatism like Paul Kengor.” ---Michael Reagan

“Kengor makes clear just how central the defeat of the Soviet Union was to Reagan’s personal project.” ---National Review

“Combines great story-telling with his commitment to scholarly detail.” ---Peter Schweizer, bestselling author of Reagan’s War

“Kengor assembles a wealth of material.” ---National Catholic Reporter

"The book is fascinating but the audiobook is even better. . . . I recommend listening to the audiobook over reading the book just for the pleasure of hearing Foster’s narration." ---Exit, pursued by a bear

A Pope and a President

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

Author Paul Kengor

Narrated by James Anderson Foster

Publication date Sep 20, 2017

Running time 23 hrs 21 min

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