The Divine Plan

John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Dramatic End of the Cold War

By Paul Kengor and Robert Orlando

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In this follow-up to Paul Kengor’s acclaimed bestseller A Pope and a President, Kengor teams up with writer-director Robert Orlando to shed new light on the extraordinary bond between John Paul II and Ronald Reagan, and how that bond drove the pope and the president to confront communism.


Shorter and more focused than A Pope and a President, The Divine Plan also boasts an even greater range of authorities to fill in the picture. Kengor and Orlando interview more than a dozen experts, including well-known historians Douglas Brinkley, H. W. Brands, Anne Applebaum, John O’Sullivan, and Craig Shirley; the leading biographer of John Paul II, George Weigel; close Reagan adviser Richard V. Allen; and Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Robert Barron.


The Divine Plan will be released in conjunction with a documentary film of the same name. You can watch the trailer for the film at thedivineplanmovie.com.

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“Pope John Paul II and Ronald Reagan were preserved
through this suffering for a high purpose. I don’t think you’ll
understand either one of them without understanding that.”
—Bishop Robert Barron in The Divine Plan

Just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan took bullets from would-be assassins. Few knew it at the time, but both men came close to dying. Surviving these near-death experiences created a singular bond between the pope and the president that historians have failed to appreciate. When John Paul II and Reagan met in the Vatican only a year later, they confided to each other a shared conviction: that God had spared their lives for a reason.

That reason? To defeat communism.

In private, Reagan had a name for this: the “DP”—the Divine Plan.

In this follow-up to Paul Kengor’s acclaimed bestseller A Pope and a President, Kengor teams up with writer-director Robert Orlando to shed new light on the extraordinary bond between John Paul II and Ronald Reagan, and how that bond drove the pope and the president to confront communism.

Shorter and more focused than A Pope and a President, The Divine Plan also boasts an even greater range of authorities to fill in the picture. Kengor and Orlando interview more than a dozen experts, including well-known historians Douglas Brinkley, H. W. Brands, Anne Applebaum, John O’Sullivan, and Craig Shirley; the leading biographer of John Paul II, George Weigel; close Reagan adviser Richard V. Allen; and Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Robert Barron.

The Divine Plan will be released in conjunction with a documentary film of the same name. You can watch the trailer for the film at thedivineplanmovie.com.

Additional Information

Format Hardcover
Pages 288
Publisher ISI Books
What They're Saying... No
ISBN 1610171543
ISBN13 9781610171540
Eligible for Readers Club Discount Yes

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