Speaker Spotlight – Reagan Historian and author Dr. Gene Kopelson
Gene Kopelson is the president of the New England chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, a published historian, an active Churchillian, and a holocaust educator. Kopelson’s book has received rave reviews from Secretary of State George Shultz, Attorney General Edwin Meese, numerous Reagan and Eisenhower historians, The Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, The New York Post, The Daily Caller, The Daily Wire, and Newsmax. Further details are at www.genekopelson.com and at amazon.com.
Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman tells the inspiring, never-before-told history of Ronald Reagan’s first quest for the presidency in the late 1960s. Reagan’s goal was to prevent a Nixon first-ballot victory. Reagan historian and author Gene Kopelson reveals the brand new history that behind the scenes, Reagan had a hidden mentor on domestic politics and on world affairs: former president Dwight Eisenhower. And Reagan’s public political foe was Robert F. Kennedy.
“Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protege, and Common Sense” is Kopelson’s book talk, in which audioclips, previously lost to history, reveal presidential candidate, and later President, Ronald Reagan discussing the critical importance of Eisenhower’s mentorship of Reagan, which extended through the end of Reagan’s presidency and beyond. Kopelson has spoken at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene, Stanford University Hoover Institute’s combined lecture with The Heritage Foundation, The Discovery Institute, and soon at the Ronald W. Reagan Society at Eureka College, the U.S. Army War College, The Naval War College, and The Institute for World Politics. CSPAN recently filmed his book talk.