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The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism Paperback – September 18, 2007
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Praise for God and Ronald Reagan:“A profound character study, and engrossing work of history…” (Peter Robinson, author of How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life)
Praise for God and Ronald Reagan:“Fascinating… This is a must-read piece of political history.” (Donald M. Goldstein, coauthor of At Dawn We Slept)
Praise for God and George W. Bush:“Excellent” (National Review)
Praise for God and George W. Bush:“A wealth of material.” (National Catholic Reporter)
“Combining great story-telling with his commitment to scholarly detail, Paul Kengor has written an important and fascinating book.” (Peter Schweizer, author of Do As I Say Not As I Do and Reagan's War)
“While many have tried, few have succeeded in telling such a complete history of my dad’s greatest triumph.” (Michael Reagan)
“Paul Kengor’s latest book illuminates a side of the man evident only to those closest to him.” (Bill Clark, National Security Advisor 1982-1983)
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Not the very light writing of a Sean Hannity, Al Franken, Michael Savage or Bill O'Reilly. Nor an Ann Coulter foot-noted polemic intended to amuse or infuriate.
On the other hand, "The Crusader" is not as detailed as Yale university's Annals of Communism series (Think Sean McMeekin, Donald Rayfield and William J. Chase--wonderful history but not books one picks up and reads straight through).
Of the 432 pages in "The Crusader" 79 are footnotes. 12 pages mention Ted Kennedy. 4 pages out of those 12 pages are in the appendix--the KGB letter. Kengor received the Chebrikov document via Marko Suprun, Walter Zaryckyi and Herb Romerstein (author of the Venona papers). A brief excerpt from the letter was first published in the London Sunday Times (February 2, 1992 "Teddy, the KGB and the Top Secret File").
by Paul Kengor is a wonderful History of Ronald Reagan and his goal to defeat communism. kengor was challenged to prove that Reagan brought down the USSR and he proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt.The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism is very well resourced and is comprehensive, you will learn a lot and yet its not dry history, its exciting. Just for the Kennedy and Carter mentions alone, its worth it the read. There should be a congressional investigation into both Carter and Kennedy actions. But I digress, you will find out that Ronald Reagan did not end communism alone, but he was a big factor and major player in bringing down the evil empire, and that evil system.
However, the story presented here is one-dimensional and, therefore, different than the fuller story Reagan tells himself in Reagan's autobiography An American Life. According to Reagan himself, he and Gorbachev became good friends and peacefully ended the Cold War. That personal diplomacy had much to do with the unraveling of the Soviet Empire three years after Reagan left office. Read the last chapter of his autobiography. This view is affirmed by Reagan's top diplomatic adviser to USSR Jack Matlock in Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended. For the rest of the story, read the two best books on the Cold War: The Cold War: A New History and The Rise and Fall of Communism. I recommend reading those books, along with the Crusader, to understand the complete story.
In the early 1940s, Reagan the visible actor spoke out against the threats of Nazism. After America won World War II, Reagan warned that there was another totalitarian threat called Communism.Read more ›
The Crusader is a fascinating read as it shows how Reagan, the man, developed the confidence, the skills, and the philosophy that helped him deal with the Soviets. It shows how he was able to stand up to the intense pressure, even from those in his own administration at times, to follow the right course which led eventually to the collapse of Communism. You come away with the belief that without Reagan, the Soviet Union would still be controlling Eastern Europe and parts of Asia today.
Extremely well researched with new evidence from both U.S. and Soviet declassified files, the Crusader tells a story of courage, principled leadership, and faith in the power of freedom. It shows Reagan as a great leader who revived the American spirit and made us believe in ourselves again. It shows how Reagan who was often bitterly opposed by the opposition party, the Europeans, and the Kremlin was able to persevere and accomplish the thing that he had set out to do from the first days of his administration. This book offers many lessons that we need to learn in order to deal intelligently with the difficulties that the U.S. faces today. I highly recommend this book.
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This book should be classified as "historical fiction". WOW!!! No matter how much you believe, just because you put words together to make sentences, doesn't make it true.Published 7 months ago by todd a. bateman
Mr. Kengor is a leader in todays world. His knowledge is worth seeking. If he wrote it, It is important. He is a great student of History and a great teacher of it.Published 8 months ago by Lorita A. Atwell
My favorite Reagan biography. No other author tells the story of his crusade against Communism as Kengor does. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Diego Trinidad
This is one of the best books I've read in years. It explains in detail how Reagan and his staff worked to undermine the Soviet Union.Published 9 months ago by Gary D. Marshall
If this is true then maybe someone should let China, No. Korea, Cuba onto this....
Shouldn't the title really be: The Dissolver: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Middle... Read more
I order this book as a gift for my husband. He is active duty military and loved it!! I highly recommend this book.Published 24 months ago by Angelinavz
This book should be read in tandem with "Reagan's War" by Peter Schweizer - in fact, if they had teamed up to write one book, it would be a stellar, stellar book. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Gene Rhea Tucker
The author puts together a masterful account of the plan Ronald Reagan had as president to defeat the Soviet Union economically and militarily. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by A Forest Fan