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

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

by James Mann


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A controversial look at Reagan's role in ending the Cold War- from the author of The New York Times bestseller Rise of the Vulcans

In his surprising new book, critically lauded author James Mann trains his keen analytical eye on Ronald Reagan and the Soviet Union, shedding new light on the hidden aspects of American foreign policy. Drawing on recent interviews and previously unavailable documents, Mann offers a new history assessing what Reagan did, and did not do, to help bring America's four-decade conflict with the U.S.S.R. to a close. Ultimately, The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan dispels the facile stereotypes surrounding America's fortieth president in favor of a levelheaded, cogent understanding of an often misunderstood man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143116790
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/23/2010
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 728,566
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James Mann is the senior writer in residence at the CSIS International Security Program and the author of two critically acclaimed books: About Face: A History of America’s Curious Relationship with China from Nixon to Clinton and Beijing Jeep. Previously, he was a long-time correspondent with the Los Angeles Times, and his writing has also appeared in The New Republic and The Atlantic Monthly.

Table of Contents

Chronology xi

Introdoction xv

Part I Two Anti-Communists

1 Clandestine Visit 3

2 "It's Time to Stroke Ronnie" 8

3 Two Schools of Thought 16

4 Evil Empire 25

5 Nixon Detects Gorbachev's "Steel Fist" 34

6 Abolition 39

7 Conservative Uproar 47

8 The Conversation 52

9 Reversal of Roles 55

Part II Informal Adviser

1 A New Friend 63

2 Banned From the Land of the Fireblrd 68

3 War Scare 73

4 Improbable Emissary 82

5 Hunger For Religion 87

6 An Arrest and its Consequences 94

7 Keep Her Away 104

8 Carlucci's Notes 111

Part III Berlin

1 The Speech 117

2 Twenty-Fifth Anniversary 123

3 Day Visit of a Presidential Candidate 131

4 "He Blew it" 140

5 Anti-Soviet Jokes 144

6 The Orator and His Writers 150

7 One Night Free in West Berlin 156

8 Competing Drafts 163

9 Warsaw Pact 170

10 "I Think we'll Leave it in" 177

11 Rock Concert 182

12 Venetian Villa 192

13 Brandenburg Gate 197

14 Why Not "Mr. Honecker"? 209

15 On His Own 216

Part IV Summits

1 "Quit Pressing" 223

2 An Arms Deal and its Opponents 231

3 Shultz's Pitch 241

4 The Grand Tour Rejected 252

5 Of Dan Quayle and Errol Flynn 262

6 Gorbachev in Washington 269

7 Making A Treaty Look Easy 279

8 The Not-So-Evil Empire 291

9 Bush V. Reagan 307

10 The Wall Will Stand For "100 Years" 316

Epilogue 327

Conclusion 341

Acknowledgments 351

Notes 351

Index 381

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