An Impossible Dream: Reagan, Gorbachev, and a World Without the Bomb

An Impossible Dream: Reagan, Gorbachev, and a World Without the Bomb


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The riveting untold story behind the meeting between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik to stop the nuclear arms race.

When Reagan and Gorbachev sat down in Reykjavik in 1986, George Shultz said that it was “the poker game with the highest stakes ever played.” It was the last time the world had a chance to do away entirely with nuclear weapons.

This is the behind-the-scenes story of this remarkable summit conference. An Impossible Dream is the first exploration of recently-available archives of both sides—top-secret archives of the Kremlin, the personal papers of Gorbachev, as well as Reagan's archives. These chronicles, personal diaries and previously classified memoranda are deeply enriched by the personal reminiscences of many of the key players at this era. But above all, the stage is set with a personal and exclusive preface from Gorbachev himself.

An Impossible Dream is the deeply important examination of the present and the future. The hazards of the nuclear age are legion, from aging weapons to new software that is vulnerable to terrorist attacks. With elements of the Trump administration considering a unilateral abrogation of the intermediate range nuclear missile (INF) treaty, the roots of which were laid at Reykjavik. Serina lays out this pivotal moment in history clearly and dramatically in this landmark work, as the world stands poised on the edge of a potential new arms race.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643130842
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,149,593
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Guillaume Serina, a historian and graduate of the Sorbonne, is currently the outreach coordinator for the International School of Los Angeles. An experienced journalist, he has covered three U.S. presidential elections for several European media and has published five books in French, including the first French-language biography of Barack Obama. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction Mikhail Gorbachev 7

Prologue 13

1 In the Reagan White House 21

2 Gorba … Who? 39

3 First Meeting in Geneva 55

4 The Nuclear Question 67

5 Reykjavík: The Preparations 83

6 Reykjavík, Day 1 117

7 Reykjavík, Day 2 147

8 From Hangover to START 183

9 A World Without Nuclear Bombs 229

Epilogue 263

Afterword David A. Andelman 271

Acknowledgments 283

Sources 287

Index 295

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