Craig Shirley has emerged as perhaps the most knowledgeable historian of Reagan alive today. His fourth biography is out, and it’s every bit as fascinating as the first three. “Reagan Rising” connects the dots between the 1976 and 1980 campaigns. President Trump and/or his closest advisors need to read this book. Shirley drives home a key point: Reagan did not run against the Democrats. He did not run against the left. He ran against the establishment — at the time dominated by liberal Democrats but not limited to them. If he was to become president, he also had to defeat the Republican establishment of moderates, whose collective blood curdled at the thought of him being elected.
Source: Reagan’s Lesson for Trump