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The Turn: From the Cold War to a New Era With an Updated Introduction and Afterword

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Don Oberdorfer, former diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post, chronicles the ending of the cold war in this updated edition of his 1991 book The Turn (a new chapter covers events from the May 1990 summit in Washington to the final dissolution of the Soviet Union in the last days of 1991). Ronald Reagan, who began his presidency with startlingly harsh rhetoric to ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published September 8th 1992 by Touchstone Books (first published 1991)
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Riley
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good, if somewhat depressing, reminder of the hope that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. I learned a lot about the diplomacy of Presidents Reagan and Bush, and it gave me a much greater appreciation of Gorbachev, who is usually seen as sort of a hapless reformer.

One paragraph I underscored, which I think does a good job of showing the optimism of the times:

"When 1989 began, Europe was divided from East to West along the lines that had been established in the aftermath of
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Rob
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the best books on U.S.-Soviet relations that I have read, and I've examined quite a number of them since that is one of my favorite areas of history to study. The final chapter on the actual end of the Soviet Union is not as good as the rest of the book, but overall this book is incredibly compelling. It provides good background on the Reagan administration coming into office feeling as if the Soviet Union was overtaking the U.S. and trying to push back. George Schultz's role is ...more
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