Victory: The Reagan Administration's Secret Strategy That Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union Paperback – April 1, 1996
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The development and execution of these policies was limited to a few members of the Reagan inner circle. Based on exclusive interviews with key participants, including Caspar Weinberger, George Shultz, John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane, William Clark, and others, Victory chronicles the drama as it unfolded. From the secret trips of CIA director Bill Casey to National Security Council plans to damage the Soviet economy, the complete American strategy is revealed for the first time. Interviews with senior Soviet officials from the KGB, Politburo, and Communist Party Central Committee offer Kremlin perspectives on these American initiatives, and secret government documents-both Soviet and American-offer a conclusive paper trail on this world-turning period.
For the first time, read about the plan from several top-secret National Security Decision Directives (NSDDs) signed by President Reagan early in his administration:
NSDD-32, which stated that it was U.S. policy to "neutralize" Soviet power in Eastern Europe
NSDD-56, the first shot in the economic war that helped bankrupt the Kremlin
NSDD-75, which declared that it was U.S. strategy to attack Soviet weakness and "roll back" Soviet power
No singular event of policy pushed the Kremlin over the brink. The power of the Reagan administration's strategy was in its cumulative effect on the Soviet system. Learn why and how Ronald Reagan helped bring down the Soviet Union.
"Americans need evaluations of their country's Cold War strategy that go beyond sloganeering.... This is exactly what Peter Schweizer's Victory provides."--The New York Times Book Review
"This extensively researched study is fast-moving, exciting, and accurate."--Forbes
"Victory is the result of exhaustive interviews with key strategists and leading chaos masters of the Cold War's endgame. It chronicles the fascinating details of how one of the greatest empires on Earth was brought down almost exclusively by peaceful means."--The Washington Times
Peter Schweizer is a best-selling author who completed this book as a media fellow at the Hoover Institution of War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University. He lives with his wife in McLean, Virginia. His written work has appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post.
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I loved this book and the revelations on how American policy caused the Soviet regime to be consigned to the ash heap of history. A solid read about how policies truly due matter.
As you read about how the U.S. allowed "stolen" plans, flipped spies, technology bans, oil production, and defense buildups (real and imaginary) to push the Soviet Union over the cliff you'll find yourself thinking "Those poor bastards ..."
While Gorbachev's actions provided a gentler landing when the country fell, that was not his intention. As the country began to unravel he came to the incorrect conclusion he could maintain the empire by giving the citizens a little bit of freedom. Once citizens were given the taste, enough to verbalize discontent with the Communist government, there was no turning back.
All this being said, you may find yourself having to deal with the harsh realities of international relations, how we dealt with rather unsavory types throughout the Cold War, even during the final years. However, this is the reality of living in a world full of nations with competing, and often conflicting, interests. It give great insight into why those with a clear vision of the world they'd like to see will always be more successful in their presidency than those who view foreign policy as secondary.
A great read and very educational.
This book documents the broader aspects of the "game". Great detail is provided on the personalities and tactics employed by the Reagan team, especially in Afganistan, Poland and with the Arab world to manage the world oil price to assist in the bankrupting of the Soviet Union.
I couldn't put this book down until I finished it! Nor could I prevent myself from lamenting the disastrous decline of direction that has affected America since the Reagan years. The current inhabitant of the White House is not even in the same ballpark as Reagan. A pity!
In addition to the expected personal heroism and efforts of Reagan, Thatcher, and Pope John Paul, the most interesting thing to me was the recounting of the swashbuckling, behind the scenes, spy work and diplomacy of William Casey, who I doubt anyone thinks much of as a fascinating hero (unless of course, they read this fun, fast-reading, book).
Ed Cummins Houston, TX
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l'ancien secrétaire de l'énergie de Reagan Hodell a déclaré en 1995 que c'est en lisant ce livre qu'il a compris ce qu'ont fait en secret Reagan et la CIA