Reagan at Reykjavik

Forty-Eight Hours That Ended the Cold War

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Publisher Description

The dramatic, first-hand account of the historic 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Iceland—the definitive weekend that was the key turning point in the Cold War—by President Reagan’s arms control director, Ken Adelman.

In October 1986, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met for a forty-eight-hour summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. Planned as a short, inconsequential gathering to outline future talks, the meeting quickly turned to major international issues, including the strategic defense initiative and the possibility of eliminating all nuclear weapons—negotiations that laid the groundwork for the most sweeping arms accord in history the following year.

Scrupulously researched and based on now-declassified information, Reagan at Reykjavik tells the gripping tale of this weekend that changed the world. Filled with illustrative accounts of the private discussions between Reagan and his team, Ken Adelman provides an honest and up-close portrait of President Reagan at one of his finest and most challenging moments.

Reagan at Reykjavik includes 16 pages of black-and-white photos and 11 illustrations.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2014
May 6
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Broadside e-books
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
4.5
MB

Customer Reviews

chisoxfans ,

Fascinating!!

What a remarkable read. I enjoyed the history and reflection of a “cold war” era.

E.L.Cloud ,

Reagan at Reykjavik

Ken Adelman has made a major contribution to making senses of the end of the Cold War and Ronald Reagan's contribution to that end. Adelman describes how the interaction between two men, Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev brought about a profound change in the relationship between two countries in just two days; giving those countries, through the personalities and personal interaction of the two men, the opportunity to find a path toward lessen tensions and understanding resulting in nuclear warhead reductions that had been thought impossible to achieve. Although the Summit at Reykjavik end badly, the seeds were sown for an unimagined future. The story told is a page-turner. It is hard to put down. As a lesson in leadership, Reagan is in a class by himself as Adelman explains. This book is also part autobiography as Adelman was a major participant at Reykjavik as Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. His story of Field Marshall Sergei Akhromeyev, his contribution to Reykjavik and his character are worth the read. The use of recently declassified Russian and American notes from the meetings that included only Reagan, Gorbachev, interpreters and note-takers, and Adelman's style, gives insights that have not previously been available. Ken Adelman gave a talk on his book at The Heritage Foundation on May 8, 2014 which I was privileged to attend.

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