In October 1986, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met for a forty-eight-hour summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. Planned as a short, inconsequential gathering to outline future talks, the meeting quickly turned to major international issues, including the strategic defense initiative and the possibility of eliminating all nuclear weapons—negotiations that laid the groundwork for the most sweeping arms accord in history the following year.
Scrupulously researched and based on now-declassified information, Reagan at Reykjavik tells the gripping tale of this weekend that changed the world. Filled with illustrative accounts of the private discussions between Reagan and his team, Ken Adelman provides an honest and up-close portrait of President Reagan at one of his finest and most challenging moments.
Reagan at Reykjavik includes 16 pages of black-and-white photos and 11 illustrations.
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Table of Contents
Introduction 1 1
1 Departures 7
2 Arrivals 41
3 Minds and Moods Going into Hofdi House 55
4 Saturday in Reykjavik 81
5 Suday Morning in Reykjavik 129
6 Suday Afternoon and Evening in Reykjavik 157
7 Departures and Immediate Fallout 185
8 From the Worst to the Best of Times 223
9 Reykjavik and the Soviet Breakup 225
10 Reflections and Conclusions on Reykjavik 297
Mourning in America 335