Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

Decisions of Greatness

Authors: Martin Anderson, Annelise Anderson
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1834-7
Publication Date: 2/1/2015

How He Won the Cold War: Ronald Reagan’s Key Decisions

Ronald Reagan's Cold War strategy, well established in his first year in office, did not change:  to make absolutely sure in the minds of the Soviets that they too would be destroyed in a nuclear war—even as Reagan sought an alternative through strategic defense to make nuclear missiles obsolete and thus eliminate the possibility of an all-out nuclear war. This book offers new perspectives on Ronald Reagan’s primary accomplishment as president: persuading the Soviets to reduce their nuclear arsenals and end the Cold War. It details how he achieved this success and in the process explains why Americans consider Reagan one of our greatest presidents.

The authors examine the decisions Reagan made during his presidency that made his success possible and review Reagan's critical negotiations with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, ending with the 1988 Moscow summit that effectively ended the Cold War. They present Gorbachev’s thoughts on Reagan as a great man and a great president twenty years after he left office.  Ultimately, they reveal the depth of Reagan’s vision of a world safe from nuclear weapons, painting a clear portrait of a Cold Warrior who saw the possibility of moving beyond that war.

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Annelise Anderson

From 1981 to 1983, Annelise Anderson was associate director for economics and government with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. She has also advised the governments of Russia, Romania, and the Republic of Georgia on economic reform.


Martin Anderson

Martin Anderson is the Keith and Jan Hurlbut Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 5, 1936, son of Ralph and Evelyn Anderson. A.B. summa cum laude, Dartmouth College, 1957; M.S. in engineering and business administration, Thayer School of Engineering and Tuck School of Business Administration, 1958; Ph.D. in industrial management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962. Married Annelise Graebner, September 25, 1965. He passed away on January 3, 2015.


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FOREWORD by John Raisian / ix

CHAPTER ONE    Ronald Reagan: The View of Americans / 1
CHAPTER TWO    Reagan's Unique Accomplishment / 9
CHAPTER THREE    If the Soviets Attacked / 13
CHAPTER FOUR    Development of the Nuclear Arsenals / 27
CHAPTER FIVE    Reagan's Decisions / 47
CHAPTER SIX    Negotiating to End the Cold War / 61
CHAPTER SEVEN    The Moscow Summit and the End of the Cold War, 1988 / 71
CHAPTER EIGHT    Freedom Won / 79
CHAPTER NINE    Reagan and Gorbachev / 81
CHAPTER TEN   Nuclear Arsenals After Reagan, 1989-2012 / 85
CHAPTER ELEVEN    The Reagan Legacy / 91

NOTES / 143
INDEX / 159

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