From the Cold War to a New Era: The United States and the Soviet Union, 1983-1991

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JHU Press, May 1, 1998 - History - 552 pages
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An updated edition of Don Oberdorfer's acclaimed book, The Turn

First published in 1991 as The Turn, this is the gripping narrative history of the most important international development of our time—the passage of the United States and the Soviet Union from the Cold War to a new era. Don Oberdorfer makes the reader a privileged behind-the-scenes spectator as U.S. and Soviet leaders take each other's measure and slowly set about their historic task. Oberdorfer writes diplomatic history with a vital difference: extraordinary intimacy made possible by comprehensive interviews with major figures on both sides and exclusive material from a host of other sources.

Now this widely praised book is available in a new, updated paperback edition that continues the narrative up to the dramatic collapse of the Soviet Union. Replete with revealing portraits of historical personalities, as riveting as a spy thriller, this is an enthralling record of history in the making.

  

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This was one of the best books on US-Soviet relations that I have read, and I've examined quite a number of them since that is one of my favorite areas of history to study. The final chapter on the ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE TO THE JOHNS HOPKINS EDITION
9
Evil Empire and Star Wars A Golden
34
THE EBB TIDE
49
THE CHERNENKO INTERLUDE
79
The Summer of Reengagement Gromyko Visits
93
GORBACHEV TAKES COMMAND 1
107
A Cautious Beginning Stumbling Toward
150
Gorbachevs New Program A Case of
183
The Greening of Baker To the NATO Summit
374
A NEW ERA
387
the GasFilled Room The Rise of the Soviet
410
Summit in Helsinki Authorizing the
442
and War The Unraveling of Soviet Power
466
AFTERWORD
477
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
483
INDEX
519

TO THE WASHINGTON SUMMIT 2 1 1
211
REAGAN IN RED SQUARE
273

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About the author (1998)

Don Oberdorfer was a diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post from 1976 until his retirement in 1993. His previous book, Tet!, a history of the crucial battle of the Vietnam War, was a National Book Award finalist.

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