The Reagan Administration's Secret Strategy That Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (11.48 hours)
Product Number: Z100094417
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481598194
Narrator/s: Ian Esmo
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This explosive book chronicles why and how Ronald Reagan helped to bring down the Soviet Union. Based on exclusive interviews with key participants including Caspar Weinberger, George Schultz, John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane, and William Clark, Peter Schweizer provides the riveting details of how the Reagan inner circle undermined the Soviet economy-and its dwindling resource base-to subvert the Kremlin's hold on its global empire. Using secret diplomacy, the administration dramatically reduced Soviet income while simultaneously driving Moscow to expend an increasing amount of precious assets. There was also an American initiative that provided covert aid to indigenous forces in Poland and Afghanistan in an attempt to roll back Soviet power. In Victory, Schweizer presents a compelling argument for the Reagan administration's calculated strategy that is impossible to ignore.

Author(s): Peter Schweizer
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 2007

Professional reviews

"Schweizer's subtitle succinctly presents his thesis: The Soviet Union did not just implode; on the contrary, the Reagan administration played a critical role in its demise. Schweizer's description of the role of the CIA, under William Casey, a central figure in this drama--as well as the roles of the National Security Council, Defense Department and State Department-- often reads like a Tom Clancy novel, complete with secret meetings, descriptions of weapons and tales of espionage. While the reader sometimes lacks the passion and partisanship of the author, overall Esmo's reading is quite good as he reads clearly and smoothly pronounces difficult names and places. M.L.C. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"

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