Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism

Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism

by Peter Schweizer
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Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism by Peter Schweizer

Reagan’s War is the story of Ronald Reagan’s personal and political journey as an anti-communist, from his early days as an actor to his years in the White House. Challenging popular misconceptions of Reagan as an empty suit who played only a passive role in the demise of the Soviet Union, Peter Schweizer details Reagan’s decades-long battle against communism.

Bringing to light previously secret information obtained from archives in the United States, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and Russia—including Reagan’s KGB file—Schweizer offers a compelling case that Reagan personally mapped out and directed his war against communism, often disagreeing with experts and advisers. An essential book for understanding the Cold War, Reagan’s War should be read by open-minded readers across the political spectrum.


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ISBN-13: 9781400075560
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/21/2003
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 372
Sales rank: 904,302
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Peter Schweizer is a fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. His previous books include The Fall of the Wall: Reassessing the Causes and Consequences of the End of the Cold War, The Next War, coauthored with Casper Weinberger, Victory, and Friendly Spies. He lives in Florida with his wife and children.


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Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
55T-Bird More than 1 year ago
So much information!  If you want to know why Ronald Reagan will go down in history as one of the greatest US presidents, this is the book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reagan's War is an absolutely incredible account of how Reagan had the determination to do what is right in the face of bitter criticism. From his nearly-unilateral decision to impose sanctions against Communist Poland after it imposed martial law (and how his decision and action is credited with saving the Polish Solidarity movement which eventually caused the downfall of Communism in Eastern Europe, and eventually the Soviet Union itself), to his decision to invade Grenada and the subsequent decision of dictators backing down from their threats to the west.

Reagan's War captures the heart of Ronald Reagan, and how his heart felt when he saw the effects of communism. One of the best examples is given in the book when the leader of Communist Poland thought that American movies were propaganda because they showed factory workers driving to work in their own automobiles, because 'you want us poor Poles to believe that factory workers really drive to work in their own cars in the United States?'. Ronald Reagan was disgusted by Communism, and this book very accurately describes how he systematically destroyed the idea of Communism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books, about recent history, that I have ever read. It is very well documented, and easy to read. In addition, it makes a strong case for why Mr. Reagan is, possibly, the greatest U.S. president ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Schweizer¿s excellent book 'Reagan¿s War' is one more well-aimed volley targeted at the host of liberal myths about former President Reagan and his central role in defeating the former Soviet Union. In 'Reagan¿s War' we learn that opposition to communism was one of Reagan¿s core principles ¿ and that he was as studied in his opposition as he was determined. In the late spring of 1988, as Soviet Communism lay gasping for life, President Reagan traveled to Moscow to meet with Gorbachev. The description of this state visit includes a very illuminating passage showing Reagan¿s world view and why he so powerfully succeeded where many others had failed before him. The following passage describes a dinner Reagan held for Soviet dissidents at Spaso House. ¿¿As the Reagans entered the room, the crowd erupted with cheers and stood up from the tables¿ ¿This was no state dinner for dignitaries¿ Instead, the roughly one hundred people crowded into the ballroom were considered little more than chattel by the Kremlin; but Reagan was about to give a grand party in their honor. ¿These were Jewish refusniks, Pentecostals imprisoned for their faith, human rights activists, and freedom advocates. Reagan had never met any of the people in the room, but they certainly knew him. ¿In 1979, Reagan had advised that `a little less détente with the Politburo and more encouragement to the dissenters might be worth a lot of armored divisions¿ in the Cold War. Now here he was to meet the armored division face-to-face. ¿Reagan¿s clear moral denunciation of communism over the course of his presidency was by now legendary. When he had given his `evil empire¿ speech in 1983, political prisoners had tapped on walls and talked through toilets to share what he had said with fellow inmates. It had energized and emboldened them, and given them hope. Now he wanted to bolster them face-to-face. ¿He walked through the crowd, shaking hand and even embracing men and women whom he had applauded years before for their moral courage¿ ¿As he spoke before the group, there was a slight quiver in his voice, `I came here hoping to do what I could to give you strength. Yet I already know it is you who have strengthened me, you who have given me a message to carry back. Coming here, being with you, looking into your faces, I have to believe the history of this troubled century will indeed be redeemed in the eyes of God and man, and that freedom will truly come for all. For what injustice can withstand your strength? And what can conquer your prayers?¿¿ When I completed this passage, my eyes misted up, thinking of how deeply Ronald Reagan believed in the cause of freedom and how steadfast he remained in the face of harsh and often derisive criticism from American liberals, academics, and the media. Schweizer said Reagan¿s favorite virtues were courage and character. I see much of the same mettle in President George Bush as he steels himself for a long term fight every bit as serious as Reagan¿s life-long struggle against the evils of communism. 'Reagan¿s War' reminds us how the self-appointed experts said we couldn¿t defeat the Soviet Union ¿ that we needed to accommodate them. In this alone, 'Reagan¿s War' is worth reading today to show how courage and character can triumph over evil.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What the "professional," critics dismiss too easily by omitting is the fact that the KGB files opened after the end of the Cold War clearly show how the shift of power changed with Reagan while other Presidents were looked at as being easily manipulated because of their "fear of the bomb." The book gives a concise portrait of a man with a purpose and shows how his determination and his direction effectively broke the back of the Soviet Union. Critics have complained that our massive arms build up caused the deficit, and while this may be true, when has any nation or individual come away from a confrontation completely unscathed? We survived and the Soviet Union collapsed. This book was also given incredible reviews by MARGARET THATCHER, LECH WALESA (Polish resistance fighter and then President of a liberated Poland), and Caspar W. Weinberger - all in a better position to judge than someone stuck behind a computer reviewing other people's lives for a local magazine. Get this book,.. it's brilliant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Liberals will hate this book, but freedom loving people will love it. Well written, the book reveals East German Stasi archive records of funding for many peace movements throughout the world (also from Soviet archives). We live in a world of hand-wringers and people prone to give in to evil; and Ronald Reagan was not cut from that cloth. Reagan's War reveals the consistency of Ronald Reagan in confronting communism from the days after WW2 when the communists attempted to take over Hollywood unions until victory on all fronts in the late 1980's. Reagan's War should be required reading at college campuses across America. Instead of the University of North Carolina requiring the reading of a slanted book on the Koran, they should require reading Reagan's War. It would catalyze those college freshman with an ability to discern between good and evil and how people can make a difference.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget the twisted half-truths of The Times or The Post, go straight to the quotes from the KGB files on President Reagan, as Schweizer did. These files document such scandals as President Carter plotting with Soviet Ambassador on how to stop Reagan from winning in 1980. Etc, etc, the book exposes many Liberal closets full of skeletons that we would never heard of had it not been for meticulous KGB record keeping. Neither side ever imagined this information to see the light of day. But here it is! Until 1992 when Russian people toppled the huge bronze statue of the KGB chief, the "moles" and the "useful idiots" in the West felt safe. In fact, they occupied often the moral high ground. But KGB kept meticulous records in their vast archives. Not much came out until Peter Schweizer of the Hoover Institution at Stanford wrote a book of Reagan era "REAGAN'S WAR". Since we now know how this war ended (remember our peace dividend), this book, backed up by hundreds of footnotes, flushes many names from their high grounds into sewers. In 2002 we have a President that is again facing similar adversities at home and abroad. I think that it will help everybody to read this book. It is a real lesson in leadership and establishes the historical facts that so many have tried to pervert. I already bought 4 books!