Craig Shirley

These are the same people who made Barbara Tuchman’s life miserable, even as she won two Pulitzers including for her masterpiece, The Guns of August.

History should be written for everybody and not just for the ivory tower historians to read each other’s works, and put each other’s works on their mandated syllabi.

History should be recorded by historians, but also by gumshoe reporters like Wilber with a passion for rooting out every fact or by entrepreneurs, who are willing to take risks, since risk is central to their livelihood. History should be lively, informative and involving for the reader.

Rawhide Down is lively, informative and involving.

After all, as Faulkner said history is not was, history “is.”


Craig Shirley

Craig Shirley is the president of the President of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs and the author of two books on the 40th president, Reagan's Revolution and Rendezvous with Destiny.