Reagan’s Cowboys

Inside the 1984 Reelection Campaign’s Secret Operation Against Geraldine Ferraro

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About the Book

When rumors about Geraldine Ferraro—the first woman vice-presidential nominee by a major party in U.S history—reached First Lady Nancy Reagan during the 1984 presidential election, a secret operation was launched to investigate her. It revealed Ferraro’s ties to organized crime and the extent to which she would have been subject to pressure or blackmail by the Mafia if elected. Written by an insider responsible for running the investigation, this never-before-told story goes behind the scenes as an incumbent president’s campaign works to expose a political opponent’s mob connections. Part detective story, part political thriller, the narrative features all the major players in the Reagan White House and 1984 reelection committee, with revealing anecdotes about Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

About the Author(s)

Former Reagan White House insider and international political consultant, John B. Roberts II is a writer, television producer and artist living in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Bibliographic Details

John B. Roberts II

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 257
Bibliographic Info:  24 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7812-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4124-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
1. “Who did I piss off in this town?” 7
2. Out of the Rose Garden 12
3. A Field of White Crosses 24
4. Ferraro Enters the Fray 42
5. Promise and Peril 58
6. Just Because You’re Paranoid… 64
7. Yours, Mine and Ours 73
8. Frenemies 84
9. Implausible Deniability 92
10. Watergate Redux 99
11. Our Man on the Hill 110
12. Failure Is an Orphan 121
13. Inquiring Minds 133
14. Under the Microscope 138
15. Mobbed Up? 146
16. Debate Disaster 159
17. The Heartland Special 171
18. Arrested and Booked 187
19. Eddie Chan, the Inside Man 198
20. The Verdict 213
Epilogue 220
Index 237

Book Reviews & Awards

Reagan’s Cowboys is something of a memoir of Robert’s career with the 40th president, and as such, it’s a time machine back to the days of typewriters, hard-line telephones, and Marlboro cigarettes…be grateful to Roberts for giving us history as it actually happened, uncensored and un-politically corrected. …Roberts gives us glimpses of a huge cast of characters in Reaganworld”—Brietbart