Laurence R. Jurdem is a U.S. historian, who received his Ph.D. from Fordham University, with a specialty in the history of American conservatism. The authors writings and commentary have been featured in a wide number of publications. These include National Review, the New York Times, Newsweek, the Washington Post, Cold War History and the History News Network. Dr. Jurdem’s forthcoming book, Paving the Way for Reagan: The Conservative Press and the Forging of the Reagan Foreign policy 1964-1980, will be released next fall by the University Press of Kentucky. A native of New York City, the author is an independent scholar, currently residing in San Francisco with his wife Jorie, their cat Max and their dog King Tut.