The list author says: "The Cold War began under Truman who used containment, the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, and Berlin Airlift to contain Stalin. Totalitarian control seized Eastern Europe. Eisenhower avoided a hot war despite USSR's brutal crackdowns. USSR built the Berlin Wall. The Cold War approached Armageddon during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Helsinki Accords allowed dissent. Détente unraveled. Reagan went on offense against the "evil empire.” Reagan said Yalta agreement called for free-determination and elections and asked USSR to honor the agreement. (Read his autobiography and "the Crusader.") The reformer Gorbachev tried perestroika and glasnost reforms to save the ailing Soviet system, and that opened Pandora's Box of freedoms. Reagan encouraged his friend Gorbachev and pushed him further. They ended the Cold War peacefully. When Bush Sr. was president, the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Empire unraveled because of Communist failures and that the people, including Solidarity, were allowed to express their self-determination. Perestroika went further than Gorbachev wanted. Pulitzer Prize-winning David Remnick wrote, "Once the regime eased up enough to permit a full-scale examination of the Soviet past, radical change was inevitable. Once the System showed itself for what it was and had been, it was doomed." The roots of the Cold War began during WWII. Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill kept delaying a second front. USSR lost 20 million people in war. FDR declared in the Atlantic Charter his post-war vision for self-determination, free trade and security. Churchill tried to preserve colonialism. Churchill and Stalin agreed to the "Percentages Agreement" at a 1944 Moscow conference that gave USSR control of Eastern Europe and British influence in Greece. The Yalta agreement called for self-determination and free elections using Atlantic Charter language."
"This book won the Pulitzer Prize. Remnick wrote, "Once the regime eased up enough to permit a full-scale examination of the Soviet past, radical change was inevitable. Once the System showed itself for what it was and had been, it was doomed." Gorbachev’s Perestroika and Glasnost reforms opened Pandora’s Box of freedom and a loss of control. USSR unraveled after a failed coup by Soviet hardliners."
"An outstanding history and synthesis! Leffler is one of the foremost scholars of the Cold War. Here he looks at how the Cold War started, covers the most important moments that propelled the Cold War at various points, and details the fall of USSR."
"The Cuban Missile Crisis. JFK skillfully managed the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came close to nuclear destruction. Also read the superb "The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Krushchev" by Michael Beschloss."
"This excellent partial history details Reagan's lifelong crusade against communism and the unraveling of the Soviet Empire. A great read and a reasonably honest account of what actually happened -- actually part of the story."
"Outstanding history and writing! World-changing decisions during World War II are told through great storytelling. The world we live in today was monumentally changed during the diplomacy World War II. What makes this book so excellent is the outstanding writing. It reads like a great story. The seeds of the Cold War were planted during the uneasy alliance."
"A classic on America's foreign policy from WWII through the end of the Cold War. The containment strategy avoided nuclear war while waging a winning long-term strategy. However, there were downsides to this strategy. Highest recommendation."
"This book by Reagan's top advisor and ambassador to USSR shows that Reagan first pressured USSR but then changed his posture after Gorbachev came to power. They peacefully ended the Cold War. Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize and Ronald Reagan Freedom Award. When asked by a reporter if the USSR was still "the evil empire," Reagan replied, "No. I was talking about another time, another era.""
"An award-winning biography of the Stalin. Trotsky was expected to lead USSR after Lenin died, but Stalin had him killed with an ice pick(!) and his leftist followers killed. Stalin was a ruthless and shrewd dictator."
"This boos won the Pulitzer Prize. It details the weapons of mass destruction that could annihilate the world, and it tells the story of the climactic end of the arms race, especially the fascinating story of Reagan and Gorbachev, and the aftermath of the post-USSR world."
"This book won the Pulitzer Prize. FDR made USA a superpower. Then Truman waged the Cold War against Stalin. His Truman Doctrine, NATO, Marshall Plan, and Berlin Airlift protected Western and Southern Europe from USSR."
"At the time of this writing, this book by a Pulitzer Prize winner was a National Book Award finalist. It tells the story of Soviet control in post-WWII Eastern Europe. It was a big lie with a police state to make people go along with the totalitarian farce."
"Must read! In his memoir, Reagan disproves the false claim made by others that "Reagan won the Cold War." Reagan writes of his close friendship with Gorbachev and their teamwork to peacefully end the Cold War."
"This book won the Pulitzer Prize. Khrushchev was a crude and unpredictable man, which made for interesting times. His exposing Stalin's crimes and denouncing the cult of Stalin caused a crisis in the communist world."
"Written by a conservative, the Economist called this "a masterpiece." MUST READ. Great reviews from right, like Kissinger and Buckley, and the left, like Bill Clinton. Roosevelt's Atlantic Charter and post-war vision hastened the end of colonialism, reformed capitalism, and laid the framework to win the Cold War."
"President Franklin Roosevelt profoundly changed America's foreign policy during WWII, such as his Four Freedoms, and then his blueprint for a new post-war world and active US policy. FDR laid the foundation to win the Cold War. He hastened the end of colonialism, ended isolationism, and entrenched a vision of freedom and human rights, which was radically different than before."
"Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote this masterpiece work of fiction describing the horrors of the Soviet political prisons. He and other dissidents played a major role in the unraveling of the Soviet Empire. He later won the Nobel Peace Prize."
"After the failed coupe by Soviet hardliners against Gorbachev, the Soviet Union unraveled and a power struggle emerged between Yeltsin and Gorbachev. It ended with the USSR being disbanded by decree of Gorbachev and Yeltsin ruling the new Russia from the Kremlin."
"It's true. Go to YouTube and watch Reagan's second inaugural address where he says it himself. Since 1945 Reagan deeply believed that nukes were immoral and sought their complete elimination. He believed the greatest threat to the world was nuclear war. He thought a defense shield would make them obsolete and at Iceland proposed eliminating all nukes."
"The story of Reagan and the end of the Cold War. Reagan was more nuanced and skillful than many would have you believe. The real Ronald Reagan gets higher marks than the story neo-cons want some to believe. He helped bring down communism."