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Journal of Cold War StudiesGripping... Oberdorfer's detailed, balanced account describes the policies and personalities that actually changed history.
— Robert Hutchings
An updated edition of Don Oberdorfer's acclaimed book, The Turn
First published in 1991 as The Turn, this is the gripping narrative history of the most important international development of our time—the passage of the United States and the Soviet Union from the Cold War to a new era. Don Oberdorfer makes the reader a privileged behind-the-scenes spectator as U.S. and Soviet leaders take each other's measure and slowly set about their historic task. Oberdorfer writes diplomatic history with a vital difference: extraordinary intimacy made possible by comprehensive interviews with major figures on both sides and exclusive material from a host of other sources.
Now this widely praised book is available in a new, updated paperback edition that continues the narrative up to the dramatic collapse of the Soviet Union. Replete with revealing portraits of historical personalities, as riveting as a spy thriller, this is an enthralling record of history in the making.
Johns Hopkins University Press
— Robert Hutchings
— Benjamin E. Goldsmith
— Michael R. Beschloss
Don Oberdorfer has dealt skillfully with an unusually complex period in contemporary history. His observations on 'the turn' in U.S.-Soviet relations provide an important and timely review of developments in the transformation from the Cold War.
— John Lewis Gaddis
Oberdorfer is master of the extended journalistic inquiry into events behind major news stories, a talent he turns to the careful reconstruction of developments between and within leaderships during these remarkable years.
— Fred Barnes
Gripping... Oberdorfer's detailed, balanced account describes the policies and personalities that actually changed history.
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.
A reliable source of raw data for those interested in studying these important episodes in world politics from a variety of perspectives.
The most thorough account yet of what we can all agree was a crucial era in world politics.
The best account yet of how this astonishing transformation came about. Oberdorfer himself covered most of the important events along the way, and hence has been able to draw on his own direct impressions of what took place... An exciting and, in many ways, a strikingly encouraging historical narrative.
A highly readable and utterly persuasive account of why the Cold War came to end the way it did.
|Preface to the Johns Hopkins Edition||9|
|1||A Candle in the Cold||15|
|2||The EBB Tide||49|
|3||The Chernenko Interlude||79|
|4||Gorbachev Takes Command||107|
|5||High Stakes at Reykjavik||155|
|6||To the Washington Summit||211|
|7||Reagan in Red Square||273|
|8||The Revolution of 1989||327|
|9||A New Era||387|
|10||The End of the Soviet Union||431|
|Notes and Sources||487|