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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2009
Reagan's Secret War: The Untold Story of His Fight to Save the World from Nuclear Disaster

The Left, which clings to it's dogmatic characterizations of Reagan as a "hawk," "amiable dunce," and "manipulated by his advisors" is hereby challenged to read all of Reagan's Secret War. Intimate and thoroughly documented, Annalise and Martin Andersen immerse us in the top secret deliberations of President Reagan with both the National Security Council, and the changing heads of the Soviet Union, as he doggedly persues his decades-old dream of eliminating nuclear weapons. This page-turner has surprise after surprise as Reagan's own extensive writings, and de-classified, top-secret memos reveal his strategic foresight, wiley negotiating skills, unwavering resolve, and bold initiatives that repeatedly defied the recommendations of his top advisors. Clearly, Reagan lead the world out of the Cold War by his vision, relentless and focused vision, and hearfelt belief in God and the better nature of mankind. As the great man believed, "there is no limit to what a man can accomplish if he doesn't care who gets the credit." If only every president had the comprehension of economic systems and the diplomacy skills of Reagan!

I can't wait for Annalise and Martin's next book.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2009
There are many accounts in the literature written about President Reagan, but none has concentrated on "Reagan's Secret War" to keep the world safe from nuclear disaster. This book on "Reagan's Secret War" was written based on vast number for recently declassified top-secret files from his administration. The content of this book reveals that President Reagan had taken the initiative as the leader of the free world to prevent the world from nuclear disaster. It shows that President Reagan's leadership, through his courage, conviction, and faith in God, had been the essential factor that ultimately led to the fall of the Soviet Union--the primary threat to a nuclear disaster at that time. I definitely recommend this book to any fan of President Reagan. Even if one is critical of President Reagan, I believe this book will reveal the remarkable character and leadership of President Reagan, which is undeniably admirable.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2009
During the 1980s the press portrayed Reagan as an old, somewhat lazy and out of touch president. As the historical evidence continues to emerge the facts reveal something entirely different.

First there was the publication of Reagan's letters in 2002 (Reagan: A Life In Letters) followed by the publication of Reagan's diaries from his White House years in 2007 (The Reagan Diaries). Each reveals a different Reagan from the one portrayed in the media. In his own writings we see a visionary leader who understood democracy, grasped the threat of the Soviet Union, and clearly had a vision and plan for how to win the Cold War.

Martin and Annelise Anderson's wonderful new book, Reagan's Secret War, further solidifies Reagan as a thoughtful and forceful leader who knew precisely what he was doing in his negotiations with Moscow. Using his personal diaries plus recently declassified documents from the Reagan Library they reconstruct the complex and sometimes tenuous relationship between Reagan and several Soviet leaders, most notably Mikhail Gorbachev. What we see here is a leader who had a vision for peace, was clearly in charge, and had no problem challenging his numerous advisors who would have had him compromise at points where his firm stand would ultimately lead to the defeat of Soviet Communism and the end of the Cold War.

Reagan basically had three core principles:

1. A nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought;
2. Always negotiate from a position of strength, and;
3. Trust but verify.

Sticking with these three principles Reagan would, along with Margaret Thatcher and Pope John Paul II, lead the movement that would ultimately win the Cold War. For those of us old enough to remember the Reagan years, you will marvel at how close we came to nuclear war in 1983. I had no idea!

This is a well-written and worthwhile book. For students of history you will find the facts and insights presented here both informative and enlightening.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2012
In my opinion, there are two books you must read to understand Reagan's entire contribution to ending the Cold War; The Crusader by Kengor, and this one. The Crusader explains all of the inner workings of the Administration and policies implemented to effect the Soviet Union globally and should be read first. This book, Reagan's Secret War, wonderfully documents his speeches and underlying Cold War philosophy should immediately follow. My favorite examples of just how brilliant of a communicator Reagan was:1) Page 165, his discussion with Gromyko in 1984. 2)Page 253, his address to the British Parliment in June of 1982 3) Page 293, speaking with Gorbachev in October of 1986. 4)Page 381, his speech to Moscow University students in summer of 1988. Also, the declassified personal converstions of both he and Gorbachev are so revealing and enlightning. Reagan's words ended the Cold War, proving to all that indeed, "the pen is mightier than the sword!"

Dr. Stanley Toompas, Optometrist and author of "I'm the One the Other Isn't"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2012
Reagan's Secret War is a unique behind-the-scenes look into President Reagan's dream to eliminate nuclear weapons. Most modern-day readers (both liberal and conservative) will be surprised to learn that Reagan was a nuclear abolitionist and a much more sophisticated thinker on defense and national security issues than he is portrayed. Throughout his political career, Reagan was portrayed by opponents, especially the Freeze Movement, as a war-mongering madman ready to start war with the Soviets. Belying this image is the fact that Reagan was the first US president to sign an arms reduction treaty with the Soviet Union. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson do an effective job showing that, even before his presidency, Reagan sought an alternative to a nuclear arms race. Whether or not one agrees with his SDI proposal or his military buildup, it is clear that he pursued these policies with a genuinely fear for the threat that nuclear weapons posed to international security.
The book is an eye-opening portrait of President Reagan and the relationships he built with the major figures of the age: John Paul II, George Schultz, and, of course, Mikhail Gorbachev. The most compelling sections of the book are the declassified minutes from Reagan's national security meetings and his negotiations with Gorbachev. They offer unique insights into the high stakes involved and show definitively that Reagan was no figurehead, but a highly-engaged, shrewd statesman.
There were two flaws to the book. First, the authors' writing style consists less of concise analysis and more like stream-of-consciousness, which is less appropriate for a book of serious history. Second, the book ponders no major questions or confronts major issues of the day, such as the wisdom of SDI, the military buildup, and Reagan's policies in Latin America. The book often veers more into memoir territory rather than a more objective account that tackles the weightier issues.
With these caveats, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson's work is highly entertaining and enlightening. The book largely succeeds in its attempt to show Reagan as a significant political figure who made a major impact on the Cold War.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2012
This is an amazing work by Martin and Annelise Anderson. I believe it is the best book yet that gives a true look at Reagan concerning many facets of his presidency but mostly concerning his thoughts on war, nuclear weapons and human rights.

Using Reagan's own words from his diary, speeches, meetings and memoirs and using quotes from others who were witnesses to events - this book tells a complete story of Reagan's quest to cut down and hopefully eradicate nuclear weapons. More than any president before or since he had a true vision which he tried to fufill.

Everyone, Reagan supporters and Reagan dissenters should read this book in order to learn something about the character of this man called Ronald Reagan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2010
The book goes into great detail concerning President Reagan's attitude toward the removal of all nuclear weapons and how he slowly but surely convinced the Soviet Union to proced down that same path. Somewhat biased, but it is hard to put aside that admiration when the authors have spent so much time in that administration. A good choice for high school history or political science classes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2015
Martin & Annelise Anderson's book regarding Ronald Reagan's quest to end nuclear war forever is not a bad book in theory. The book itself is well intentioned & the excerpts from Reagan's personal diary & speeches aren't a bad thing although at times they get in the way of the importance of the history behind what Reagan did in ending the Cold War through 4 different Soviet premiers. Where the book goes astray is in formatting & typeface. All the excepts from Reagan are in gray boxes while the excerpts from Gorbachev are in a smaller font & typeface. We've also got smatterings of images from his library, journal & official White House documents that are so badly interspersed that they interfere with the story itself. Overall this remains a well intentioned primer for anyone interested in the ending of the Cold War during the Reagan years, but for the serious historian or anyone who lived through it with a basic knowledge of the time period skip this book at all costs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2014
I have found this book interesting in understand the dynamics of Reagan's goal to bring an end to the fear of nuclear holocaust. It does a great job showing the background details and decisions that lead to his success in the endeavor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2014
Incredible account of Reagan's efforts during the Cold War. I always wondered what these guys say when they are pictured alone in front of a fireplace. Now I know. He was a great negotiator that had unwavering principles.
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