Three Days in Moscow
President Reagan'sdramatic battle to win the Cold War is revealed as never beforeby the #1 bestselling author and award-winning anchor of the #1 rated Special Report with Bret Baier. "An instant classic, if notthe finest book to date on Ronald Reagan. Jay WinikMoscow, 1988: 1,000 miles behind the Iron Curtain, Ronald Reagan stood for freedom and confronted the Soviet empire.In his acclaimed bestseller Three Days in January, Bret Baier illuminated the extraordinary leadership of President Dwight Eisenhower at the dawn of the Cold War. Now in his highly anticipated new history, Three Days in Moscow, Baier explores the dramatic endgame of Americas long struggle with the Soviet Union and President Ronald Reagans central role in shaping the world we live in today.On May 31, 1988, Reagan stood on Russian soil and addressed a packed audience at Moscow State University, delivering a remarkableyet now largely forgottenspeech that capped his first visit to the Soviet capital. This fourth in a series of summits between Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, was a dramatic coda to their tireless efforts to reduce the nuclear threat. More than that, Reagan viewed it as a grand historical moment: an opportunity to light a path for the Soviet peopletoward freedom, human rights, and a future he told them they could embrace if they chose. It was the first time an American presidenthad given an address abouthuman rights on Russian soil. Reagan had once called the Soviet Union an evil empire. Now, saying that depiction was from another time, he beckoned the Soviets to join him in a new vision of the future. The importance of Reagans Moscow speech was largely overlooked at the time, but the new world he spoke of was fast approaching, the following year, in November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union began to disintegrate, leaving the United States the sole superpower on the world stage.Today, the end of the Cold War is perhaps the defining historical moment of the past half century, and must be understood if we are to make sense of Americas current place in the world, amid the re-emergence of US-Russian tensions during Vladimir Putins tenure. Using Reagans three days in Moscow to tell the larger story of the presidents critical and often misunderstood role in orchestrating a successful, peaceful ending to the Cold War, Baier illuminates the character of one of our nations most venerated leadersand reveals the unique qualities that allowed him to succeed in forming an alliance for peace with the Soviet Union, when his predecessors had fallen short.
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