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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453633057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453633052
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fresh cache of declassified and original materials on President Reagan...is coming to light with the publication of The Reagan Files...The documents... are raw, genuine and illuminating. --Pulitzer Prize-winning author David E. Hoffman

The Reagan Files... is a rich collection of declassified letters, transcripts and National Security Council meeting minutes gleaned from the Reagan Library concerning U.S.-Soviet relations and the end of the Cold War. --Steven Aftergood, Secrecy News

Ronald Reagan and his advisers wage a twilight struggle with a decaying Soviet Union--and each other--in this fascinating documentary history. --Kirkus Reviews

Did Reagan Win the Cold War? Jason Saltoun-Ebin has spent 9 years at the Reagan Library...finding the original documents... that take us as close as we are likely to come to answering one of the great questions of the 20th century. --Richard Reeves

Students of history will find fodder for dissertations and discussions in the transcripts of the National Security Council meetings and declassified letters contained in The Reagan Files. --Clarion Forward Reviews

From the Author

The Reagan Files takes readers inside the White House Situation Room to see what it was like to be with President Reagan when he made his most important foreign policy decisions. So, if you ever wanted to know what it was like to be in the room with the President, Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Director of CIA, and the National Security Adviser when they are talking about whether or not to take military action against the Soviet Union (and other countries) and potentially starting World War III, this is the book for you.

The book is based on over 100 recently declassified documents from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and includes all the recently released private letters between Reagan and the four General Secretaries of the Soviet Union during the Reagan administration.

More About the Author

Jason Saltoun-Ebin is the editor of "The Reagan Files: The Untold Story of Reagan's Top-Secret Efforts to Win the Cold War," (2010), "The Reagan Files: Inside the National Security Council. (2012, 2014) and "Dear Mr. President...Reagan/Gorbachev and the Correspondence that Ended the Cold War." (2013) His books present new evidence from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and other archives that help to explain President Reagan's role in ending the Cold War. He is also the creator of www.thereaganfiles.com, a website used by scholars all over the world to study the Reagan administration.

Saltoun-Ebin, an attorney licensed in California and Wisconsin, resides in Santa Barbara, Calif. with his wife, attorney Jessica Zetley, and their son Eli. In his spare time he can usually be found on the tennis court.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seth J. Frantzman HALL OF FAME on December 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, is often credited with winning the Cold War and bringing glory to the conservative movement. In this fascinating and important collection, Jason Saltoun-Ebin has compiled recently declassified letters and minutes of meetings to sketch out the history of the administration from 1981 to 1988.

It is not a full history. He concentrates, in this volume, on U.S-Soviet relations. Beginning with Brezhnev, the "Polish Crises" it follows the story through Andropov, Chernenko and Gorbachev. Minutes detail the various summits and arms programs and treaties. The author notes that his goal is to let "these important letters and meetings speak for themselves." The most fascinating aspects of these minutes and letters is that all the big players are there, Carlucci, Haig, Shultz, Meese, Weinberger and Baker. In reading the transcripts their voices come through clearly. Reagan's comments are printed in bold.

For those who have criticized Reagan for being an "actor" or being aloof, even forgetful, this book truly reveals the real Reagan. Unless the transcript has been doctored, it appears Reagan to not only be incredibly cogent but t have a mind that was full of information. Many of the important events that took place during this period are touched on, such as the role of the Pope in Eastern Europe. Reagan notes "the Vatican and the Pope have a key role to play in events in Poland and elsewhere in Eastern Europe."

The main problem with this book is that while it is of interest to specialists and academics it gets bogged down in the details of Soviet-U.S relations during the period, all the talk which we can see in retrospect doesn't mean much because he USSR was declining and bankrupting itself at an amazing rate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAC on June 23, 2011
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This book was sent to me in paperback form for an early review. I must admit I failed to review it immediately but it wasn't from lack of trying. I found this to be an incredibly detailed source of information. Some of the reading is a bit tedious but the book as a whole is a wealth of information for those who are interested in the Cold War, Ronald Reagan, or Reagan's sometimes underappreciated role in ending the Cold War. A wonderful addition to a collection on any of these topics and a great resource for history buffs.
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The Reagan Files provide an inexpensive source of primary documents on the Reagan administration’s foreign policy. The documents are printed uncut and complete.
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By harold on February 27, 2013
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Very well written, interesting. Good historical research. Brought amazing things to light. Excellent piece of work. A must for all those interested in this historical time period and who wantt o know the facts.
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