AUTHORLettow, Paul
TITLERonald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
PUBLISHERRandom House, Inc.
CITYNew York, NY

This book provides a fundamental reassessment of the motivations behind U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s actions regarding nuclear weapons. It sets the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), into a coherent framework by arguing that Reagan's real ambition was to eradicate all nuclear weapons. The book claims that Reagan’s policy toward nuclear weapons was a result of his personal beliefs and religious views and that he felt it was his appointed mission to abolish nuclear weapons. The author briefly examines the origins of Reagan’s anti-nuclear stance and then traces his actions as he applied his anti-nuclear reasoning during his presidency, from his campaign to his summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev at Reykjavik. Reagan successfully negotiated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INT) and set the stage for subsequent drastic cuts in the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals. The book relies on personal interviews and recently declassified government materials and is well researched and documented.

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