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

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  • Copyright: 2010-02-23
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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Sorting through the competing mythologies about Reagan's role in the Cold War endgame, bestselling author James Mann provides controversial and definitive answers to one of the era's most baffling mysteries. Drawing on recent interviews and previously unavailable documents. Mann offers a fresh and compelling narrative that sheds new light on the hidden aspects of American foreign policy, assessing what Reagan did, and did not do, to help bring America's four-decade conflict with the Soviet Union to a close. Revealing everything from undisclosed secret messages between Reagan and Moscow to private battles between Nixon and Kissinger. Mann dispels the facile stereotypes surrounding Reagan in favor of a levelheaded, cogent understanding of a determined-and often misunderstood-president. Book jacket.

Author Biography

James Mann is the author of Rise of the Vulcans and The China Fantasy, among others. An award-winning former Washington reporter, columnist, and foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.

Table of Contents

Chronologyp. xi
Introdoctionp. xv
Two Anti-Communists
Clandestine Visitp. 3
"It's Time to Stroke Ronnie"p. 8
Two Schools of Thoughtp. 16
Evil Empirep. 25
Nixon Detects Gorbachev's "Steel Fist"p. 34
Abolitionp. 39
Conservative Uproarp. 47
The Conversationp. 52
Reversal of Rolesp. 55
Informal Adviser
A New Friendp. 63
Banned From the Land of the Fireblrdp. 68
War Scarep. 73
Improbable Emissaryp. 82
Hunger For Religionp. 87
An Arrest and its Consequencesp. 94
Keep Her Awayp. 104
Carlucci's Notesp. 111
The Speechp. 117
Twenty-Fifth Anniversaryp. 123
Day Visit of a Presidential Candidatep. 131
"He Blew it"p. 140
Anti-Soviet Jokesp. 144
The Orator and His Writersp. 150
One Night Free in West Berlinp. 156
Competing Draftsp. 163
Warsaw Pactp. 170
"I Think we'll Leave it in"p. 177
Rock Concertp. 182
Venetian Villap. 192
Brandenburg Gatep. 197
Why Not "Mr. Honecker"?p. 209
On His Ownp. 216
"Quit Pressing"p. 223
An Arms Deal and its Opponentsp. 231
Shultz's Pitchp. 241
The Grand Tour Rejectedp. 252
Of Dan Quayle and Errol Flynnp. 262
Gorbachev in Washingtonp. 269
Making A Treaty Look Easyp. 279
The Not-So-Evil Empirep. 291
Bush V. Reaganp. 307
The Wall Will Stand For "100 Years"p. 316
Epiloguep. 327
Conclusionp. 341
Acknowledgmentsp. 351
Notesp. 351
Indexp. 381
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