When Ronald Reagan died, many commentators and admirers gave him credit for beating communism and winning the Cold War. But Mikhail Gorbachev, who attended Reagan’s funeral and admired him, said such a belief was “not serious.” A new book by Jack Matlock called Reagan and Gorbachevsubstantiates the notion that BOTH were responsible for an end to the cold war.
Reagan’s proposal for “Star Wars” — an “impregnable shield over the United States … (did not cause) the Soviets to throw in the towel,” he writes. New York Times Review.
Matlock served as ambassador to Moscow under Reagan. — Originally posted in 2004. Original comments below: