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Three Days in Moscow : Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire
2018
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Fiction/Biography Profile
Genre
NonFiction
History
Political
Topics
Reagan, Ronald Wilson
U.S. presidents
U.S.-Soviet relations
Speeches
Nuclear threat
Human rights
Cold War
Soviet breakup
Diplomacy
World history
Setting
Russia - Europe / Eastern Europe / Asia
Soviet Union - Europe / Eastern Europe / Asia
- United States
Time Period
1988 -- 20th century
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Baier (Three Days in January), chief political anchor for Fox News, tenders a nostalgic account of the Reagan era and the end of the Cold War. Lauding the former president's "iron-fisted, velvet-gloved approach" to U.S.-Soviet relations while de-emphasizing the more complex forces at play in the late 1980s, he portrays Ronald Reagan as a hero for whom turning "the evil empire" onto a path of democracy was a life mission. He recounts the Reagans' first visit to Moscow in 1988 and the couple's unscripted and nearly disastrous meet-the-people stroll, revels in Reagan's anti-Communist one-liners, and asserts the president was "a far more complex human being than his critics gave him credit for." Baier's account of the tense arms negotiations and numerous summits that defined the era differs dramatically from other recent literature, in which Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is given the more pivotal role. Baier also attributes the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 to a speech Reagan gave more than a year earlier. Readers who hold Reagan in high regard will likely appreciate Baier's burnishing of the myths surrounding him, but those interested in a rigorous historical investigation will be disappointed. Agency: Folio Literary Management. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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<p>A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * President Reagan's dramatic battle to win the Cold War is revealed as never before by the award-winning anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier.</p> <p>"An instant classic, if not the finest book to date on Ronald Reagan." -- Jay Winik</p> <p>Moscow, 1988: 1,000 miles behind the Iron Curtain, Ronald Reagan stood for freedom and confronted the Soviet empire. </p> <p>In his acclaimed bestseller Three Days in January, Bret Baier illuminated the extraordinary leadership of President Dwight Eisenhower at the dawn of the Cold War. Now in his highly anticipated new history, Three Days in Moscow, Baier explores the dramatic endgame of America's long struggle with the Soviet Union and President Ronald Reagan's central role in shaping the world we live in today.</p> <p>On May 31, 1988, Reagan stood on Russian soil and addressed a packed audience at Moscow State University, delivering a remarkable--yet now largely forgotten--speech that capped his first visit to the Soviet capital. This fourth in a series of summits between Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, was a dramatic coda to their tireless efforts to reduce the nuclear threat. More than that, Reagan viewed it as "a grand historical moment": an opportunity to light a path for the Soviet people--toward freedom, human rights, and a future he told them they could embrace if they chose. It was the first time an American president had given an address about human rights on Russian soil. Reagan had once called the Soviet Union an "evil empire." Now, saying that depiction was from "another time," he beckoned the Soviets to join him in a new vision of the future. The importance of Reagan's Moscow speech was largely overlooked at the time, but the new world he spoke of was fast approaching; the following year, in November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union began to disintegrate, leaving the United States the sole superpower on the world stage.</p> <p>Today, the end of the Cold War is perhaps the defining historical moment of the past half century, and must be understood if we are to make sense of America's current place in the world, amid the re-emergence of US-Russian tensions during Vladimir Putin's tenure. Using Reagan's three days in Moscow to tell the larger story of the president's critical and often misunderstood role in orchestrating a successful, peaceful ending to the Cold War, Baier illuminates the character of one of our nation's most venerated leaders--and reveals the unique qualities that allowed him to succeed in forming an alliance for peace with the Soviet Union, when his predecessors had fallen short.</p>
Table of Contents
Introduction: Finding Reaganp. ix
Prologue: The Walkp. 1
Part 1Reagan's destiny
1Dream Makerp. 15
2A Political Evolutionp. 33
3The Greatest Stagep. 53
4A Revolution of Ideasp. 87
Part 2Speaking Truth
5The Trumpet Callp. 115
6Ron and Mikhailp. 141
7Iceland Freezep. 172
8"Tear Down This Wall!"p. 193
Part 3Three Days in Moscow
9The True Missionp. 227
10Cry Freedomp. 239
11The Speechp. 253
12Morning in Moscowp. 266
Part 4Dreams for the Future
13The Fallp. 285
14Without Firing a Shotp. 318
The Last Word: 2018p. 327
Acknowledgmentsp. 337
Appendix: Ronald Reagan's Speech at Moscow State Universityp. 341
Notesp. 355
Indexp. 383
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