- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press (April 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0871136333
- ISBN-13: 978-0871136336
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Victory: The Reagan Administration's Secret Strategy That Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union Paperback – April 1, 1996
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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.
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!
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.
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