The definitive, authorized biography of the one of the most important, provocative, and visionary political figures of our time.

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Praise for Citizen Newt

“Anyone who wants to understand the heart and soul of American conservatism, the history of the GOP and the rise of Gingrich and Reagan, must read Craig Shirley’s superbly crafted, compellingly told Citizen Newt. What he did to frame the importance of the Reagan legacy, he does for another totemic figure in US politics.”

—Laura Ingraham, editor-in-chief of LifeZette; syndicated radio host, commentator, Fox News

“Craig Shirley has become our leading historian of modern conservative leaders. In Citizen Newt, he follows up his accounts of how Ronald Reagan brought conservatism to the White House with a sparkling account of how Newt Gingrich brought conservatism to the House of Representatives.”

          —Michael Barone, senior political analyst, Washington Examiner; resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute; co-author, The Almanac of American Politics.

“Craig Shirley is one of most insightful and informed historians of modern American politics, and he doesn't disappoint here. What a great book, about a man many have covered but until now few have understood. When future generations seek to assess Newt Gingrich, they'll read this first.” 

—Tucker Carlson, editor, the Daily Caller; commentator, Fox News.


About the Author

Craig Shirley is the author of four critically praised bestselling books on President Reagan, "Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign that Changed America," "Reagan's Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All," "Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan" and his latest, "Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980." His book "December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World" appeared multiple times on the New York Times bestselling list in December 2011 and January 2012. "Last Act," was named Best Narrative” in the nonfiction category by USA Best Books for 2015.

His books have been hailed as the definitive works on the Gipper's campaigns of 1976 and 1980. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Reagan Ranch, Eureka College Board of Trustees and has lectured at the Reagan Library, the FDR Library in Hyde Park, and the Dole Institute in Kansas. The London Telegraph called Shirley as "the best of the Reagan biographers."

Shirley, a widely sought after speaker and commentator, appears regularly on many network and cable shows including NewsMaxTV, FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, ABC. CBS, CNBC, C-SPAN and others. He has also written extensively for the Washington Post, NewsMax, the Washington Examiner, the Washington Times, the Los Angeles Times, Town Hall, the Weekly Standard, Politico, Reuters and many other publications.

About the Book

In one way or another Newt Gingrich has been leading a revolution for most of his life. Citizen Newt is the definitive account of that struggle. Writing with the full cooperation of Speaker Gingrich and the players around him, New York Times bestselling author Craig Shirley captures the events, ideas, failures, and successes of Newton Leroy Gingrich—one of the most complex, influential, and durable political figures of our time.

Returning to Gingrich’s childhood in Pennsylvania and his formative years as a young history professor, Citizen Newt moves through Gingrich’s first forays into politics and takes readers behind the scenes of the Congressman’s crucial role in the Reagan Revolution, his battles with George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and his masterly orchestration of 1994s “Gingrich Revolution” and the Contract with America, which catapulted him to national prominence and forever changed congressional and national politics.

Drawing upon untold stories from Gingrich and those who know him best—political allies and opponents, Washington insiders and political iconoclasts, Capitol Hill staffers and colleagues—Shirley has crafted a fascinating, humorous, humanizing, and insightful account of a true American original.