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Way Out There In the Blue: Reagan, Star Wars and the End of the Cold War Paperback – March 12, 2001
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Although much of Way Out There in the Blue covers recent history, the controversial debate over missile defense continues today. An epilogue covers developments in the 1990s and mentions a pair of successful tests that occurred in 1999. Yet FitzGerald remains a skeptic, believing a workable ABM system is too complex, too expensive, and too easy to defeat. Conservatives will chafe at her condescending appraisal of Reagan; liberals will appreciate her aggressive attacks on a defense strategy they have never liked. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It is not possible to completely tell the SDI story without also talking about the American foreign policy through the 80's and the author does a good job with the limited space. Her only mistake may have been to include the few anti Reagan items in the book. I say this not in that her comments were overly harsh or out of line, just that it turns some of the focus to the book to the negative statements and the strong Reagan supporters have come out to denounce the book. I thought she was fair in her treatment of many of the players in Reagan administration, I have read a number of the books that she sites as sources and I could not find any misstatements.Read more ›
Third, the depictions of Ronald Reagan (despite what his worshippers on the Right may claim) are not those of Fitzgerald, but are the commentaries made by those within the Reagan Administration itself, the people who had to work intimately with him and had to deal with the frustrations of having no leadership at the top. For example; "I had never known anyone so unable to deal with close personal conflict." (Michael Deaver) "There's a generation gap between what Reagan thinks he knows about the world and the reality. His is a kind of 1952 world. He sees the world in black and white terms.Read more ›
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I found my raison d'etre for reading this book just ten or so pages from the end when the author mentioned that consistent newspaper readers might be surprised to find that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by George M Woods
In addition to living through the era, paying attention, and my master's in history specializing in the last hundred years of America, I am also a collector of Reagan books. Read morePublished 15 months ago by B. Scott Bowman
I especially liked how Ronald Reagan was a dope and Mikhail Gorbachev was the scone coming of Christ. What a waste!Published on May 12, 2014 by Victor H Harris
This study of Ronald Reagan's presidency is unbiased and comprehensive within her framework. Unfortunately, some conservatives reject any criticism of Reagan and so automatically... Read morePublished on March 21, 2013 by Rodamu
This is an extremely well researched and well written account of Reagan's initiative to control nuclear weapons. Read morePublished on December 8, 2012 by rags
This book tries to blame president reagan for spending so much money on the SDI program. The problem is that it tries to blame him for wasting money on something he knew wouldn't... Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by M. hayden
Me think book good. LIberals smart, conservatives dumb, me think liberals better then Regan, stoopid Regan, not smart like liBarels, Francies Fitsjerald smart, jest like cuzzin in... Read morePublished on March 22, 2004
The major merits of Fitzgreald's dense tome is that it undeniably calls to attention perhaps the most blatantly misguided policy of the Reagan years--SDI, "Star Wars", the... Read morePublished on February 27, 2004 by David Margis
Of all the books written on the Reagan administration, this one may be one of the worst. Poorly written with excessive attention to detail that makes the story plod, it makes one... Read morePublished on January 8, 2004 by bigsnickers