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Throughout his presidency, Ronald Reagan sought "peace through strength" during an era of historic change. In the decades since, pundits and scholars have argued over the president's legacy: some consider Reagan a charismatic and consummate leader who renewed American strength and defeated communism. To others he was an ambitious and dangerous warmonger whose presidency wa Throughout his presidency, Ronald Reagan sought "peace through strength" during an era of historic change. In the decades since, pundits and scholars have argued over the president's legacy: some consider Reagan a charismatic and consummate leader who renewed American strength and defeated communism. To others he was an ambitious and dangerous warmonger whose presidency was plagued with mismanagement, misconduct, and foreign policy failures. The recent declassification of Reagan administration records and the availability of new Soviet documents has created an opportunity for more nuanced, complex, and compelling analyses of this pivotal period in international affairs. In Reagan and the World, leading scholars and national security professionals offer fresh interpretations of the fortieth president's influence on American foreign policy. This collection addresses Reagan's management of the US national security establishment as well as the influence of Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and others in the administration and Congress. The contributors present in-depth explorations of US-Soviet relations and American policy toward Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. This balanced and sophisticated examination reveals the complexity of Reagan's foreign policy, clarifies the importance of other international actors of the period, and provides new perspectives on the final decade of the Cold War.


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Throughout his presidency, Ronald Reagan sought "peace through strength" during an era of historic change. In the decades since, pundits and scholars have argued over the president's legacy: some consider Reagan a charismatic and consummate leader who renewed American strength and defeated communism. To others he was an ambitious and dangerous warmonger whose presidency wa Throughout his presidency, Ronald Reagan sought "peace through strength" during an era of historic change. In the decades since, pundits and scholars have argued over the president's legacy: some consider Reagan a charismatic and consummate leader who renewed American strength and defeated communism. To others he was an ambitious and dangerous warmonger whose presidency was plagued with mismanagement, misconduct, and foreign policy failures. The recent declassification of Reagan administration records and the availability of new Soviet documents has created an opportunity for more nuanced, complex, and compelling analyses of this pivotal period in international affairs. In Reagan and the World, leading scholars and national security professionals offer fresh interpretations of the fortieth president's influence on American foreign policy. This collection addresses Reagan's management of the US national security establishment as well as the influence of Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and others in the administration and Congress. The contributors present in-depth explorations of US-Soviet relations and American policy toward Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. This balanced and sophisticated examination reveals the complexity of Reagan's foreign policy, clarifies the importance of other international actors of the period, and provides new perspectives on the final decade of the Cold War.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Carr

    Edited books live and die on the coherence of their theme and tightness of their contributions. This book lives proudly. Across 13 chapters, this book provides an update on what we know, what we're learning, and what we're yet to find out about the Presidency of Ronald Reagan. It is a book by and for scholars. There are useful re-interpretations of figures such as Defence Secretary Caspar Weinberger, re-tellings of the Iran-Contra scandal and attempts to tell undertold stories such as Reagan and Edited books live and die on the coherence of their theme and tightness of their contributions. This book lives proudly. Across 13 chapters, this book provides an update on what we know, what we're learning, and what we're yet to find out about the Presidency of Ronald Reagan. It is a book by and for scholars. There are useful re-interpretations of figures such as Defence Secretary Caspar Weinberger, re-tellings of the Iran-Contra scandal and attempts to tell undertold stories such as Reagan and Asia and the rise of environmental issues and his administration's response. I particularly appreciated the last chapter, which sets out the materials available to others who wish to study this Administration, from the quality and scope of memoirs through to the various archival sources on offer. As a guide and encouragement to others, it is excellent. Bringing edited books together is really hard. Hence the 4 stars.

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