Drawing on new interviews and previously unavailable documents, James Mann offers a fresh and compelling narrative - a new history assessing what Ronald Reagan did and did not do to help bring America's four-decade conflict with the Soviet Union to a close.As he did so masterfully in Rise of the Vulcans, Mann sheds new light on the hidden aspects of American foreign policy. He reveals previously undisclosed secret messages between Reagan and Moscow; internal White House intrigues; and battles with leading figures such as Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, who repeatedly questioned Reagan's unfolding diplomacy with Mikhail Gorbachev. He details the background and fierce debate over Reagan's famous Berlin Wall speech and shows how it fit into Reagan's policies. Ultimately, Mann dispels the facile stereotypes of Reagan in favor of a levelheaded, cogent understanding of a determined president and his strategy. This book finally answers the troubling questions about Reagan's actual role in the crumbling of Soviet power. Mann concludes that by recognizing the significance of Gorbachev, Reagan helped bring the Cold War to a close.More
This reconsideration of Ronald Reagan's activities during the end of the Cold War avoids simple tropes and hyperbole to deliver a calm, rational analysis of this pivotal period in world history. Using fresh interviews and newly declassified documents, author James Mann examines how Reagan's receptivity to Gorbachev "helped create the climate in which the Cold War could end", even as the president's openness to Russia angered his closest advisors and many in his party. Performer Alan Skarl's gravelly baritone adds gravitas to this thoughtful, well-researched analysis.
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