From the Cold War to a New Era: The United States and the Soviet Union, 1983-1991 Updated Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0801859229
ISBN-10: 0801859220
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Editorial Reviews Review

Don Oberdorfer, former diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post, chronicles the ending of the cold war in this updated edition of his 1991 book The Turn (a new chapter covers events from the May 1990 summit in Washington to the final dissolution of the Soviet Union in the last days of 1991). Ronald Reagan, who began his presidency with startlingly harsh rhetoric toward the Soviet Union, reached out to the Soviets just as their government, to everyone's eventual surprise, was about to collapse from within. The following years were full of dramatic twists, such as the fast succession of Soviet leaders following the death of Leonid Brezhnev, the controversy over the Soviets shooting down a Korean airliner in 1983, the unlikely emergence of Reagan as a summiteer in Geneva and Reykjavik, and Gorbachev's startling perestroika reforms. Oberdorfer's reputation as a reporter got him access to key insiders on both sides, a crucial factor in the rich detail he brings to explaining a history that seemed astonishing as it unfolded. --Robert McNamara


"Gripping... Oberdorfer's detailed, balanced account describes the policies and personalities that actually changed history."

(Robert Hutchings Journal of Cold War Studies)

"An excellent, balanced account of the relationship between the Soviet Union and the United States during the years of the Reagan and Bush administrations... It provides an informative discussion of the demise of the Cold War and belongs among the shelves of anyone interested in that topic."

(Donald L. Zelman H-Pol, H-NET Reviews)

"A reliable source of raw data for those interested in studying these important episodes in world politics from a variety of perspectives."

(Benjamin E. Goldsmith Peace and Conflict)

"A highly readable and utterly persuasive account of why the Cold War came to end the way it did."

(Fred Barnes American Spectator)

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.75 pounds
  • Paperback : 568 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0801859229
  • ISBN-10 : 0801859220
  • Publisher : Johns Hopkins University Press; Updated Edition (May 29, 1998)
  • Product Dimensions : 6.13 x 1.17 x 9.25 inches
  • Language: : English
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