Reagan's Secret War: The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster

On February 6, 1981, at his first National Security Council meeting, Ronald Reagan told his advisers I will make the decisions As Reagan s Secret War reveals, these words provide the touchstone for understanding the extraordinary accomplishments of the Reagan administration, including the decisive events that led to the end of the Cold War In penning this book, New YoOn February 6, 1981, at his first National Security Council meeting, Ronald Reagan told his advisers I will make the decisions As Reagan s Secret War reveals, these words provide the touchstone for understanding the extraordinary accomplishments of the Reagan administration, including the decisive events that led to the end of the Cold War In penning this book, New York Times bestselling authors Martin Anderson and Annelise Anderson drew upon their unprecedented access to than eight million highly classified documents housed within the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California unseen by the public until now Using his top secret clearances, Martin Anderson was able to access Ronald Reagan s most privileged exchanges with subordinates and world leaders as well as the tactical record of how Reagan fought to win the Cold War and control nuclear weapons The most revelatory of these documents are the minutes of Reagan chaired National Security Council meetings, the dozens of secret letters sent by Reagan to world leaders, and the eyewitness notes from Reagan Gorbachev summits Along with these findings, the authors use Reagan s speeches, radio addresses, personal diaries, and other correspondence to develop a striking picture of a man whose incisive intelligence, uncanny instincts, and quiet self confidence changed the course of history What emerges from this treasure trove of material is irrefutable evidence that Reagan intended from his first days in office to bring down the Soviet Union, that he considered eliminating nuclear weapons his paramount objective, and that he not his subordinates was the principal architect of the policies that ultimately brought the Soviets to the nuclear arms negotiating table The authors also affirm that many of Reagan s ideas, including his controversial Star Wars missile defense initiative, proved essential in dissolving the Soviet Union and keeping America safe.Riveting and eye opening, Reagan s Secret War provides a front row seat to history, a journey into the political mind of a remarkable leader, and proof that one man can, through the force of his deep convictions, bring about sweeping global change.
Reagan s Secret War The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster On February at his first National Security Council meeting Ronald Reagan told his advisers I will make the decisions As Reagan s Secret War reveals these words provide the touchstone for un

  • Title: Reagan's Secret War: The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster
  • Author: Martin Anderson Annelise Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780307238610
  • Page: 274
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. To be likened to Reagan, it would seem, is the ultimate compliment in many a Right wing circle. Don’t believe me? Just the other day Rand Paul and Ted Cruz were squabbling over claims of Reagan-ry. Rand Paul replied to queries regarding this matter:“I don’t claim to be the next Ronald Reagan nor do I attempt to disparage fellow Republicans as not being sufficiently Reaganesque.”The fact that these circles aren't exactly my cup of tea is neither here nor there, I just wanted to get a bett [...]

    2. Much of this book comes from Reagan's own diaries. An interesting glimpse into what he was thinking during the last years of the cold war. Liberals refuse to credit him for his contribution to the peaceful end of the cold war. I'm not sure why. An amazing man that we, as a nation, owe much.

    3. Reagan’s Secret War is a unique behind-the-scenes look into President Reagan’s dream to eliminate nuclear weapons. Most modern-day readers (both liberal and conservative) will be surprised to learn that Reagan was a nuclear abolitionist and a much more sophisticated thinker on defense and national security issues than he is portrayed. Throughout his political career, Reagan was portrayed by opponents, especially the Freeze Movement, as a war-mongering madman ready to start war with the Sovie [...]

    4. Martin & Annelise Anderson's book regarding Ronald Reagan's quest to end nuclear war forever is not a bad book in theory. The book itself is well intentioned & the excerpts from Reagan's personal diary & speeches aren't a bad thing although at times they get in the way of the importance of the history behind what Reagan did in ending the Cold War through 4 different Soviet premiers. Where the book goes astray is in formatting & typeface. All the excepts from Reagan are in gray bo [...]

    5. This was a very interesting look at Pres. Reagan and his struggle to rid the world of nuclear weapons. his meetings with Soviet premier Gorbachev and others are detailed herePres. Reagan was an amazing man with a vision for our nation that never swayedhe deserves a lot of credit for ending the Cold War and for energizing our Economy and our militaryhis 8 years were some of the best we had in the 20th century.

    6. The contents of this book are very, very interesting. The lay-out and the print could be better. Therefore the book is a bit unpleasant to read. The reason I did not finish reading this book is a trivial one: This book has ruggedly cut edges. I hate it when I have trouble turning pages.

    7. Disappointing. The authors' use of Reagan's speeches as well as recently classified documents and access to Reagan's diaries does provide a resource of primary source material. However, the authors do not provide much analysis or insight. Often, the documents are simply put in the text as if they alone will support the authors' obviously pro-Reagan view. The book could have also been intersting as an insiders' account of the Reagan White House during a critical period. However, the authors do no [...]

    8. The disappointing part about this book being so horrible is that with the access that the author had to personal Reagan documents it had the potential to be very, very good.Unfortunately, this is a completely one-sided hagiography about Reagan that completely ignores any of the complexities that surrounded his presidency and the era. You are much better off reading 'The Dead Hand.' What I had really hoped to get out of this book was a clearer understanding of why Gorbachev's Rekjavik proposal fo [...]

    9. After checking this book out from the library it sat on my shelf for several weeks. I was afraid it would be yet another cloying panegyric to the Great Hero of the American Right. Well, it wasn't that bad, but the book wasn't very helpful. Basically, the authors combed through the Reagan material and selected whatever quotes would put their hero in the best possible light and rejecting everything else. The chapter entitled "Soviet Strategy at Reykjavik: 1986" was particularly annoying because it [...]

    10. Reagan's Secret War is written by a very sympathetic set of authors, and it is apparent that part of their objective in writing this book is to respond to criticism often leveled at Reagan. I would rather have had a more impartial look at these events. However, as one with limited knowledge of this aspect of Reagan's presidency, I benefited from the detailed progression through each development and the personal accounts, especially Reagan's own journal excerpts and correspondence (though there i [...]

    11. Reagan's Secret War casts Reagan in a light most of the public may not be used to. He took on the Soviet Union not only on nuclear weapons but on the restoration of human rights. He held the rights of individuals to be bestowed by God and looked at totalitarian states restricting human rights as evil, personified in the Berlin Wall, the demise of which he's wished since the 60's. He was steadfast on SDI, not viewing it as a bargaining chip for the reduction of nuclear weapons, and he looked at P [...]

    12. This is a really excellent book. It features declassified excerpts from Reagan's personal diary as well as transcripts from his summit meetings with Gorbachev. It really shows how dedicated Reagan was to ending the cold war and keeping the world safe from nuclear war. This book uses Reagan's own words to show how the real man was almost the exact opposite of the way he was portrayed by the media.

    13. I did not have a very high regard for Reagan's presidency before I read this account. Now I am amazed at his principles, determination, and accomplishments, in spite of continual doubt and even opposition from his advisers.I wish I could go back in time and watch his eight years again, knowing now what was going on behind the scenes. A great biographical account of his presidency.

    14. I was prepared, going in, that this book was going to be a hagiography (it is). What I wasn't prepared for, and what I couldn't get past, was the sycophantic tone that this hero-worship was presented at. I would like to read about this subject with some distance in objectivity and time.

    15. The Anderson's had a lazy approach to this book. Use Reagan diary entries, excerpts from his autobiography and some recently declassified papers interspersed with fawning over all things Reagan and prest-o! A weak book on Reagan.

    16. A very informative book that gives you a great overview of world/American politics from 1981-1989. However it ia a bit of a tribute to President Reagan's legacy from an obvious supporter.

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