The thesis that President Ronald Reagan's administration, through its embrace of military confrontation and brinksmanship, hastened the breakup of the Soviet Union and decisively won the Cold War for the U.S. receives a fresh twist in Winik's intensely dramatic, personal narrative history. He credits four members of the Reagan team, all renegade Democrats, with translating the President's hard-line policy into effective diplomacy. The four are Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle, arms control negotiator, supporter of Star Wars and of the deployment of nuclear missiles in Europe; Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; human rights advocate Max Kampelman; and Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams. Drawing on more than 200 interviews with key participants, private papers, classified documents and memos of conversations, Winik, a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs, also provides close-ups of Carter, Mondale, Kissinger, Caspar Weinberger, George Schultz, Paul Nitze and others. His engrossing book is certain to fuel debate. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
As journalism becomes history, the events of the 1980's when Soviet Russia collapsed and the symbolic Iron Curtain (the very real Berlin Wall) was torn open, are both easily forgotten and more easily viewed from the perspective of distance. And from this distance, Ronald Reagan accomplished two amazing feats--he won the Cold War, and he made it possible to even think of winning such an unwinnable struggle. While the ridicule, disdain, distaste, and outright hatred of contemporary … more