Victory: The Reagan Administration’s Secret Strategy That Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union

By Peter Schweizer
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11.48 Hours 08/01/1997 unabridged
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This explosive book chronicles why and how Ronald Reagan helped to bring down the Soviet Union. Based on exclusive interviews with key participants including Caspar Weinberger, George Schultz, John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane, and William Clark, Peter Schweizer provides the riveting details of how the Reagan inner circle undermined the Soviet economy—and its dwindling resource base—to subvert the Kremlin’s hold on its global empire. Using secret diplomacy, the administration dramatically reduced Soviet income while simultaneously driving Moscow to expend an increasing amount of precious assets; they also provided covert aid to indigenous forces in Poland and Afghanistan to roll back Soviet power. In Victory, Schweizer presents a compelling argument for the Reagan administration’s calculated strategy that is impossible to ignore.

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Summary

This explosive book chronicles why and how Ronald Reagan helped to bring down the Soviet Union. Based on exclusive interviews with key participants including Caspar Weinberger, George Schultz, John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane, and William Clark, Peter Schweizer provides the riveting details of how the Reagan inner circle undermined the Soviet economy—and its dwindling resource base—to subvert the Kremlin’s hold on its global empire. Using secret diplomacy, the administration dramatically reduced Soviet income while simultaneously driving Moscow to expend an increasing amount of precious assets; they also provided covert aid to indigenous forces in Poland and Afghanistan to roll back Soviet power. In Victory, Schweizer presents a compelling argument for the Reagan administration’s calculated strategy that is impossible to ignore.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A convincing, startling exposé that reads like a spy thriller.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Reads like a Tom Clancy novel, complete with secret meetings, descriptions of weapons, and tales of espionage.” AudioFile
“Schweizer pushes the revelation envelope the furthest yet…interviews with Reagan’s top national security lieutenants…freshen the text with an élan that emulates the energy the Reaganauts displayed in rolling back the Soviet offensive of the late 1970s…this is, as far as it goes, an accurate, first draft of the secret history. Intelligence people will examine it closely, and so will library patrons.” Booklist
“Specifics of the CIA’s technology disinformation program and of its relationships with the Vatican, Solidarity, and the Voice of America make interesting reading.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Peter Schweizer

Peter Schweizer is the author of Extortion, Throw Them All Out, Architects of Ruin, and other books that have revealed political wrongdoing and led to congressional resignations and new ethics laws. He is the founder and director of the Government Accountability Institute, a team of investigative researchers and journalists committed to investigating and exposing crony capitalism, misuse of taxpayer monies, and other governmental corruption or malfeasance.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 11.48
Audience: Adult
Language: English