SAIS Scholar Pens Book on President Reagan, Cold
By Felisa Neuringer Klubes
Foreign Policy Institute author in residence at SAIS,
has written a new book called The Rebellion of Ronald
Reagan: A History of the End of the Cold War.
In the book, published this month by Viking, Mann
explores the role that President Reagan
played 20 years ago in the fall of the Berlin Wall and the
end of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
Was he as pivotal in the Cold War victory as his admirers
say, or was he merely lucky, as some critics
Mann tackles this question by shedding new light on
the hidden aspects of American foreign
policy. He reveals previously undisclosed secret messages
between Reagan and Moscow, internal White
House intrigues, and battles with leading figures such as
Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, who
repeatedly questioned Reagan's unfolding diplomacy with
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. He details
the background and fierce debate over Reagan's famous
Berlin Wall speech and shows how it fitted
into Reagan's policies. Ultimately, Mann dispels the facile
stereotypes of Reagan in favor of a
levelheaded, cogent understanding of a determined president
and his strategy.
This book finally concludes that by recognizing the
significance of Gorbachev, Reagan helped
bring the Cold War to a close.
Mann is the best-selling author of Rise of the
Vulcans: The History of Bush's War Cabinet, The
China Fantasy, Beijing Jeep and About Face: A
History of America's Curious Relationship With China
From Nixon to Clinton. He was previously the diplomatic
correspondent and foreign affairs columnist
for The Los Angeles Times and served as the
newspaper's Beijing bureau chief from 1984 to 1987. A
member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mann also has
written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New
Republic and The Washington Post.
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