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Published: 01.1970


Reagan - Gorbachev. East-West: A Crucial Summit

The Reykjavik summit, which took place on October 11-12 1986, nearly brought an end to nuclear confrontation between East and West.

As suspenseful as a thriller, this essay delves into the last years of the Cold War. It recounts the preparation of this meeting, which may have changed the world. It follows Reagan in the White House, Gorbachev in the Kremlin, and, finally, both men clashing inside Reykjavik’s Hofdi House on that fateful week end. It tells a lot about the era, the political climate, and the strengths and weaknesses of Reagan as a leader.

Based on interviews with many key figures (George Shultz, John Poindexter, Pat Bucha- nan, Pavel Palazchenko, Roald Sagdeev) including Mikhail Gorbachev (see picture be- low), whom the author met in Moscow.

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