By Paul Kengor
A groundbreaking reassessment of Ronald Reagan's existence 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 adventure 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. finally his SAG tenure prepared the ground for his burgeoning political occupation, which, from its inception, had yet one function: the tip of Communism.
using reams of lately declassified files, Kengor assembles a outstanding 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 climate, Kengor finds how Reagan's 8 years in place of work did extra to deliver down the Soviet Union than any unmarried management within the historical past of the chilly struggle. With painstaking aspect, he additionally explains Reagan's the most important circulation to expand the palms race with the Kremlin, a call that, although politically un-popular, proved very important to the Soviets' eventual downfall.
Revisiting a few of the administration's central characters, Kengor speaks with the people who assisted in shaping overseas coverage lower than Reagan. those testi-monies supply unfettered entry into the hearts and minds of these closest to Reagan, revealing how this staff translated Reagan's principles into a finished technique to damage the Soviet Union. furthermore, Kengor delves into never-before-studied Soviet records and propaganda, uncovering how the opposite part perceived Reagan's advances and tried to counter his development with its precise model of disinformation. additionally informed here's an incendiary revelation of the liberal American flesh presser who reportedly reached out to the Soviets to derail Reagan's 1984 bid for reelection.
With unheard of examine, this interesting booklet tells the tale of a guy who believed that it was once his accountability to save lots of the area from Soviet oppression. it is a tale that demonstrates how one American's struggle ended the twentieth-century's longest battle. it is a tale of 1 guy who replaced background. it is the tale of a crusader.