By Paul Kengor
A groundbreaking reassessment of Ronald Reagan's lifestyles and presidency, exploring his lifelong struggle--and final victory--against the tyranny of Communism
during this dramatic meditation at the lifetime of Ronald Reagan, historian Paul Kengor provides an account of the 40th president that hasn't ever been written--one that information Reagan's crusade opposed to the Soviet Union, which lasted for greater than 40 years. Tracing Reagan's anti-Communist sentiment to his days as president of the reveal Actors Guild, Kengor illuminates how this event first emboldened the actor to talk out opposed to the oppression of the Soviet Union and describes Reagan's multifaceted efforts to avoid Communism from taking carry in Hollywood. eventually his SAG tenure lead the way for his burgeoning political occupation, which, from its inception, had yet one objective: the tip of Communism.
using reams of lately declassified files, Kengor assembles a amazing mosaic of Reagan's phrases and activities that toppled the Soviet Union. From Reagan's covert help of the rebels who defeated the Soviets in Afghanistan to his mystery oil collusion with Saudi Arabia that devastated the Soviet economic system, Kengor finds how Reagan's 8 years in place of work did extra to carry down the Soviet Union than any unmarried management within the background of the chilly conflict. With painstaking aspect, he additionally explains Reagan's the most important circulate to boost the hands race with the Kremlin, a call that, although politically un-popular, proved important to the Soviets' eventual downfall.
Revisiting a few of the administration's important characters, Kengor speaks with the people who assisted in shaping international coverage below Reagan. those testi-monies provide unfettered entry into the hearts and minds of these closest to Reagan, revealing how this workforce translated Reagan's rules into a accomplished technique to wreck the Soviet Union. additionally, Kengor delves into never-before-studied Soviet files and propaganda, uncovering how the opposite facet perceived Reagan's advances and tried to counter his growth with its special model of disinformation. additionally instructed this is an incendiary revelation of the liberal American baby-kisser who reportedly reached out to the Soviets to derail Reagan's 1984 bid for reelection.
With unprecedented learn, this attention-grabbing ebook tells the tale of a guy who believed that it used to be his accountability to avoid wasting the realm from Soviet oppression. it is a tale that demonstrates how one American's struggle ended the twentieth-century's longest warfare. it is a tale of 1 guy who replaced heritage. it is the tale of a crusader.