The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War

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Penguin, 2009 - History - 396 pages
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In The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan, New York Timesbestselling author James Mann directs his keen analysis to Ronald Reagan's role in ending the Cold War. Drawing on new interviews and previously unavailable documents, Mann offers a fresh and compelling narrative-a new history assessing what 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 Nixon and 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; and concludes that by recognizing the significance of Gorbachev, Reagan helped bring the Cold War to a close.
  

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This is an engaging history of the Reagan presidency from the perspective of United States-Soviet relations and disarmament. The basic premise of the book was that Reagan was an abolitionist when it ... Read full review

Review: The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War

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This is an engaging history of the Reagan presidency from the perspective of United States-Soviet relations and disarmament. The basic premise of the book was that Reagan was an abolitionist when it ... Read full review

Contents

I ITS TIME TO STROKE RONNIE
8
EVIL EMPIRE
25
ABOLITION
39
THE CONVERSATION
52
INFORMAL ADVISER
61
A NEW FRIEND
63
BANNED FROM THE LAND OF THE FIREBIRD
68
WAR SCARE
73
TWENTYFIFTH ANNIVERSARY
123
DAY VISIT OF A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
131
HE BLEW IT
140
ANTISOVIET JOKES
144
THE ORATOR AND HIS WRITERS
150
ONE NIGHT FREE IN WEST BERLIN
156
COMPETING DRAFTS
163
WARSAW PACT
170

IMPROBABLE EMISSARY
82
HUNGER FOR RELIGION
87
AN ARREST AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
94
T KEEP HER AWAY
104
CARLUCCIS NOTES
111
BERLIN
115
THE SPEECH
117
I THINK WELL LEAVE IT IN
177
ROCK CONCERT
182
summits
223
THE WALL WILL STAND FOR 100 YEARS
316
CONCLUSION
341
INDEX
381
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James Mann is the author of the New York Times bestseller Rise of the Vulcans and The China Fantasy, among others. Author-in-residence at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, he is an award-winning former Washington reporter, columnist, and foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

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