The Divine Plan by Paul Kengor audiobook

The Divine Plan: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Dramatic End of the Cold War

By Paul Kengor  and Robert Orlando
Read by Donald Corren

Blackstone Publishing 9781610171540

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781094109459

  • ISBN: 9781094109442

  • ISBN: 9781094109466

Runtime: 6.27 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, Pope John Paul II and President ­Ronald Reagan took bullets from would-be assassins.

Few realized at the time how close both men came to dying.

Surviving these near-death experiences created a singular bond between the pope and the president that ­historians have failed to appreciate.

When John Paul II and Reagan met only a year later, they confided to each other a shared conviction: that God had spared their lives for a ­reason. That reason? To defeat Communism. In private, Reagan had a name for this: “The DP”—the Divine Plan.

It has become fashionable to see the collapse of the Soviet empire as inevitable. Hardly.

In this riveting book, bestselling author Paul Kengor and writer-­director Robert Orlando show what it took to end the Cold War: leaders who refused to accept that hundreds of ­millions must suffer under totalitarian ­Communism.

And no leaders proved more important than the pope and the president.

Two men who seemed to have little in common developed an extraordinary bond—including a spiritual bond between the Catholic pope and Protestant president. And their shared core convictions drove them to confront Communism.

To tell the full story of the dramatic closing act of the Cold War, Kengor and Orlando draw on their exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with more than a dozen experts, including well-known historians Douglas Brinkley; H. W. Brands; Anne Applebaum; Stephen Kotkin; John O’Sullivan; Craig Shirley, the leading biographer of John Paul II; George Weigel; close Reagan advisers Richard V. Allen and James Rosebush; and Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Robert Barron.

You can’t understand Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan—or how the Cold War came to such a swift and peaceful end—without understanding how much faith they put in the Divine Plan.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Excellent…Dr. Kengor’s book is extraordinary in that he is brave enough to trace the importance of religious faith in the story of communism’s downfall…A historical tome that is not only detailed, informative, and educational, but also inspiring and encouraging.” The Imaginative Conservative on A Pope and a President
“No Reagan biographer or scholar knows Ronald Reagan and conservatism like Paul Kengor.” Michael Reagan, praise for the author

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Author

Author Bio: Paul Kengor PhD

Author Bio: Paul Kengor PhD

Paul Kengor, PhD, is a bestselling author whose works include Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century; God and Ronald Reagan; God and George W. Bush; God and Hillary Clinton; and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism. His articles regularly appear in USA Today, the New York Times, and numerous academic journals. He is a professor at Grove City College and a frequent commentator on television and radio. He earned his bachelor’s degree and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and his master’s from American University.

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Author Bio: Robert Orlando

Author Bio: Robert Orlando

Robert Orlando is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. The founder of Nexus Media, he has been involved in the production, development, or release of more than a dozen film and documentary projects. Sony Pictures released his most recent documentary, Silence Patton. Orlando wrote and directed the companion documentary to be released in conjunction with The Divine Plan.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English