NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Presidential historian and bestselling author Craig Shirley, described as the definitive biographer of President Ronald Reagan, will release his latest book, CITIZEN NEWT (Thomas Nelson, ISBN: 9781595554482), on August 29, 2017.
An authorized biography spanning two decades from the 1970s to the 1990s, Citizen Newt: The Making of a Reagan Conservative explores how Newt Gingrich, a twice-failed nominee to Georgia's sixth district of the House of Representatives, rose in influence in American politics, becoming one of the most significant conservative politicians of the 20th century, only being surpassed by President Ronald Reagan. It covers both his political and personal life.
When Newt Gingrich became a representative of Georgia's sixth district in 1979—the first Republican to ever be elected there—he came in on a platform of cleaning up the corruption in the political world. In doing so, Gingrich rose to popularity, winning the next nine congressional elections. In the span of twenty years, Gingrich went from outsider to Minority Whip, to coauthoring the Contract with America in 1994, a promise to the nation among the Republican Party congressmen.
Gingrich's influence in American politics has not waned throughout the decades. His #1 New York Times bestselling book Understanding Trump became an instant hit following its June 2017 release, showing that his voice and opinion are still relevant and sought after today. "If you want to understand Donald Trump, read Understanding Trump by Newt Gingrich," says Brian Hampton, senior vice president and publisher of Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson. "If you want to understand Newt Gingrich, read Citizen Newt by Craig Shirley."
"Newt was instrumental both as an adviser to Donald Trump in 2016 and continues to define the political landscape through his books, op-eds, videos and media appearances," says Shirley. "Very few have been as successful as this man from Georgia. Citizen Newt will show the real Newt who has risen through the ranks."
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