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From the Cold War to a New Era: The United States and the Soviet Union, 1983-1991 / Edition 1

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Overview

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

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Cold War Studies
Gripping... Oberdorfer's detailed, balanced account describes the policies and personalities that actually changed history.

— Robert Hutchings

Peace and Conflict
A reliable source of raw data for those interested in studying these important episodes in world politics from a variety of perspectives.

— Benjamin E. Goldsmith

New York Times Book Review
The most thorough account yet of what we can all agree was a crucial era in world politics.

— Michael R. Beschloss

Henry Kissinger

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.

Washington Post Book World
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.

— John Lewis Gaddis

Foreign Affairs

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.

American Spectator
A highly readable and utterly persuasive account of why the Cold War came to end the way it did.

— Fred Barnes

Journal of Cold War Studies - Robert Hutchings

Gripping... Oberdorfer's detailed, balanced account describes the policies and personalities that actually changed history.

H-Pol, H-NET Reviews - Donald L. Zelman

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.

Peace and Conflict - Benjamin E. Goldsmith

A reliable source of raw data for those interested in studying these important episodes in world politics from a variety of perspectives.

New York Times Book Review - Michael R. Beschloss

The most thorough account yet of what we can all agree was a crucial era in world politics.

Washington Post Book World - John Lewis Gaddis

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.

American Spectator - Fred Barnes

A highly readable and utterly persuasive account of why the Cold War came to end the way it did.

Fred Barnes
A highly readable and utterly persuasive account of why the Cold War came to end the way it did. -- American Spectator
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801859229
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: updated edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Oberdorfer was a diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post from 1976 until his retirement in 1993. His previous book, Tet!, a history of the crucial battle of the Vietnam War, was a National Book Award finalist.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

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
Afterword 477
Acknowledgments 483
Notes and Sources 487
Index 519
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