American Presidents

Kevin Gutzman

Author


Kevin Gutzman is the author of four books, including the History Book Club Main Selection “James Madison and the Making of America” and best-sellers, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution” and “Who Killed the Constitution”? 

He received his MPAff from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, his JD from the University of Texas School of Law, and his MA and PhD in American History from the University of Virginia.  He has written hundreds of published essays and appeared as a featured expert in two documentary movies.

 

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Topics: American Presidents Constitution


Larry Reed

President of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)


Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008. Prior to that, he was a founder and president for twenty years of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught Economics full-time and chaired the Department of Economics at Northwood University in Michigan from 1977 to 1984.

He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in History from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (Public Administration—1993) and Northwood University (Laws—2008).

A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or co-authored five books, the most recent ones being “A Republic—If We Can Keep It” and “Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty.” He is frequently interviewed on radio talk shows and has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, including those anchored by Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel on FOX Business News.

Reed has delivered at least 75 speeches annually in the past 30 years—in virtually every state and dozens of countries from Bulgaria to China to Bolivia. His best-known lectures include “Seven Principles of Sound Policy” and “Great Myths of the Great Depression”—both of which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and distributed worldwide.

His interests in political and economic affairs have taken him as a freelance journalist to 81 countries on six continents. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society and an advisor to numerous organizations around the world. He served for 15 years as a member of the board (and one term as president) of the State Policy Network. His numerous recognitions include the “Champion of Freedom” award from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the “Distinguished Alumni” award from Grove City College.

He is a native of Pennsylvania, a 30-year resident of Michigan, and now resides in Newnan, Georgia.

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Topics: American Presidents Economics & Capitalism Liberty Monetary Policy Role of Government


Buzz Patterson

Author and Retired USAF Pilot


Lieutenant Colonel Robert "Buzz" Patterson, United States Air Force (Retired), is the author of New York Times best sellers, Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America's National Security and Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undercut Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopardize Our Security, and War Crimes: The Left’s Campaign to Destroy the Military and Lose the War on Terror. His most recent book, Conduct Unbecoming: How Barack Obama is Endangering Our National Security, was released in September, 2011.

Patterson served 20 years as a pilot on active duty in the United States Air Force and saw tours of duty world-wide including combat operations in Grenada, Somalia, Rwanda, Haiti, and Bosnia.

From 1996 to 1998, Colonel Patterson was a Military Aide to President Bill Clinton. During that time he was responsible for the President's Emergency Satchel, otherwise known as the "Nuclear Football," the black bag with the nation's nuclear capability that accompanies the president at all times. In addition, Colonel Patterson was operational commander for all military units assigned to the White House, which included Air Force One, Marine One, Camp David, White House Transportation Agency and White House Mess.

Among his many military commendations, Patterson received the Defense Superior Service Medal for accomplishments while at the White House and was awarded the Air Force Air Medal for flying fifteen combat support missions into then-besieged Sarajevo, Bosnia in 1994. He retired in 2001 to pursue a career as a political commentator, writer, speaker and commercial airline pilot.

As a result of his experiences and writings, he’s been featured in History Channel documentaries and films such as Hillary: The Movie and Blocking the Path to 9/11. He is a frequent guest on talk shows across the country, including television appearances on ABC News with Diane Sawyer, Hannity, The O’Reilly Factor, CBS' Morning Show, Fox and Friends, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Dennis Miller Show, C-SPAN's Book Notes, Joe Scarborough, Heartland with John Kasich, and MSNBC News. He's also been heard on radio shows such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Michael Savage, Mike Gallagher, G. Gordon Liddy, Lars Larson, Hugh Hewitt.

Patterson was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Air Command and Staff College; has his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech University and a Master's in Business Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. He and his family currently reside in California.

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Topics: American Presidents Foreign Policy National Security


Dr. Paul Kengor

Professor of Political Science at Grove City College


Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College, where he is also executive director of the college’s think-tank, the Center for Vision & Values. He is also a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is often quoted in major publications, from the Los Angeles Times to the Chronicle of Higher Education to the Washington Post, plus foreign publications ranging from the Irish Times to Pravda. His articles have appeared in numerous publications from across the ideological spectrum, from the New York Times to USA Today to the Wall Street Journal, and in religious publications ranging from Christianity Today to the National Catholic Register to Jewish World Review. Dr. Kengor has published major articles in top refereed, scholarly-academic journals, such as Political Science Quarterly and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

In 2012, he will be releasing two major books. One is the first and only profile of Frank Marshall Davis, mentor to Barack Obama, and a pro-Soviet member of Communist Party USA (card no. 47544), based on declassified FBI files and Soviet and Communist Party USA archives. The second book, for which he is co-editor, is titled, Reagan in a World Transformed, 1989-2012, and will be published by Harvard University Press.

Paul Kengor’s most recent book is Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century (ISI Books, 2010). Based on extensive Soviet archival research, particularly the Comintern Archives on Communist Party USA, the book examines the exploitation of American liberals/progressives by communists beginning in the early 20th century. Among Kengor’s recent books is a major work on Ronald Reagan’s role in undermining the Soviet Union, titled, The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism (HarperPerennial), which has been translated into several languages. His other books include The Judge: William P. Clark, Ronald Reagan’s Top Hand (Ignatius) and the best-seller God and Ronald Reagan (HarperCollins), among several others.

The film rights for Kengor’s two books, The Crusader and God and Ronald Reagan, were purchased by MJM Group. The books are the basis for a major Hollywood “bio-pic” on the life and presidency of Ronald Reagan, titled, Reagan: The Movie, scheduled for release in late 2012.

Kengor has appeared on most major television networks and hundreds of radio talk-shows. He does a regular commentary for Moody Broadcasting, American Radio Journal, and EWTN Radio.

Kengor is a frequent public speaker, with venues that include the Ronald Reagan Library, the National Press Club, the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, the Gerald R. Ford Library, the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, the National Presbyterian Church, and numerous colleges, ranging from the University of Virginia to the College of William & Mary.

Kengor has served on the editorial board of Presidential Studies Quarterly, the flagship academic publication on the presidency. He is nationally known for his work on the American presidency. In 2009, he was one of a select group of presidential scholars to participate in C-SPAN’s highly regarded ranking of American presidents, a follow up to C-SPAN’s popular 2000 survey.

Kengor received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and his master’s degree from American University’s School of International Service. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Franciscan University (Steubenville, Ohio). He and his wife, Susan, have six children.

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Topics: American Presidents Communism & Progressivism Conservative Thought Traditional Values


Michael Reagan

Son of President Reagan, Political Commentator, and Speaker


Michael Reagan is the eldest son of former President Ronald Reagan and one of the most dynamic and sought after public speakers in the public arena today. His commitments to public service and the conservative vision his father championed are second to none, making him the natural heir to the Reagan conservative legacy.

Michael spent nearly two decades as a conservative radio talk show host, heard across the country daily on a show syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. He left this position to travel the country in order to champion President Reagan's values and principals in the public policy forum and through candidates who embody his father's legacy.

In his work to further the inspirational legacy of his father, Michael also serves as chairman and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation, which seeks to advance the causes President Reagan held dear and to memorialize the accomplishments of his presidency. Among the charitable activities the Foundation supports are: offering scholarships for the sailors, marines and airmen serving aboard aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and their family members; supporting programs for children in need of adoption and those in the foster care system; educating Americans about Alzheimer's disease and searching for a cure.

Michael has also appeared for years on network television as a commentator and guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and Nightline, and has been a frequent Fox News Contributor.

On the philanthropic side, Michael is actively involved in charities and public service entities across the United States, including: The John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation (Current Chair), The Young America’s Foundation, The Santa Barbara Navy League/USS Ronald Reagan Crew Enhancement Program, The Arrow Project for Neglected and Abused Children, and the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center Foundation’s Advisory board. In addition, Michael was honored in 2006 as an electee to the board of trustees of Eureka College, President Reagan’s Alma Mater.

Michael has always been a pioneer; he is a man who has done everything from debating Mikhail Gorbachev to setting world records in powerboat racing. His racing raised more than $1.5 million for charities like the United States Olympic Team, Cystic Fibrosis, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Statue of Liberty Restoration Fund, as a result of which he was given the “Victory Award” for outstanding sports and humanitarian achievement.

Besides his weekly column, read nationwide in more than 300 newspapers, Mike has authored many successful books including his best-selling autobiography, On the Outside Looking In; The Common Sense of An Uncommon Man: The Wit, Wisdom and Eternal Optimism of Ronald Reagan; Twice Adopted; and Mike’s latest, The New Reagan Revolution: How Ronald Reagan's Principles Can Restore America's Greatness.

Mike and his wife, Colleen, have two children and reside in Toluca Lake, California.

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Topics: American Presidents Conservative Thought Economics & Capitalism