President Reagan and the world /
edited by Eric J. Schmertz, Natalie Datlof, and Alexej Ugrinsky ; prepared under the auspices of Hofstra University.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997.
xii, 534 p. : ill.
0313301158 (alk. paper)
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997.
0313301158 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1997-10:
This book consists of the papers, discussants' remarks, questions and answers, and addresses at the Hofstra University Conference on the Reagan Presidency. The participants are primarily former high-level Reagan administration officials; academics specializing in the presidency, foreign policy, and international relations; and journalists. The book is well edited and indexed, and the discussions are candid and illuminating. Only two of the 23 papers deal primarily with domestic policy. The others cover foreign policy arenas such as the Soviet Union, Latin America, the Middle East, terrorism, Iran-Contra, and US defense initiatives. Especially useful are the exchanges between former Reagan people and academics and the continuing debate throughout the conference over the extent to which the Reagan administration deserves credit for the end of the Cold War. Generally, the book gives a balanced assessment of the Reagan administration's interaction with the world community and provides a good survey of the important international issues that arose during that administration. The participants also furnish a reasonably comprehensive portrait of Reagan as a person and as a policy maker. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. R. Heineman; Alfred University
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'œThe book is well edited and indexed, and the discussions are candid and illuminating.... the book gives a balanced assessment of the Reagan administration's interaction with the world community and provides a good survey of the important international issues that arose during that administration.'' Choice
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Did Ronald Reagan and his policies engineer the defeat of international communism, the breakup of the Soviet Union, and the elimination of decades of nuclear confrontation? Or, did the Reagan presidency simply benefit from decades of bipartisan military, economics, and political opposition to Soviet policies? Both positions are explored by such officials as Kirkpatrick, Meese, and Kemp, and by leading scholars of the era such as Ambrose, Graff, and Greenstein. In addition, they explore the invasion of Grenada, the air strike against Tripoli, the interventions in Central America, the struggle for Star Wars, and the accumulation of almost a $3 trillion debt from military expansion and weapons development. All students of the era as well as diplomatic historians and international affairs specialists will find provocative and insightful observations in this volume.
Table of Contents
International Perspectives Foreign Policy Reagan's Foreign Policy
An Overview
His Policies and His Representation
The Middle East The Reagan Plan
A Victim of Conflicting Approaches by the United States and Israel to the Syrian Presence in Lebanon
The Soviet Union United States and Soviet Relations
Reagan's Real Role in Winning the Cold War
Whatever Happened to the "Evil Empire?"
Ronald Reagan and the Illusion of Victory in the Cold War
International Terrorism Some Perspectives on International Terrorism and the Reagan Presidency
Threats and Responses
The Reagan Record
National Security Policy Entrepreneurs and Arms Control in the Reagan Administration
Iran-Contra Open Legal Questions Remaining after Iran-Contra
Circumvention in Historical Perspective
Ronald Reagan's Attempt to Aid the Contras
Ronald Reagan and Iran-Contra
The Consequences of Breaking Campaign Promises
Meiers Domestic and International Economic Policy Profits without Growth
Privatizing the U.S. Economy in the 1980s
The International Trade Policies of President Ronald Reagan
Macroeconomics and President Reagan
Victory over Inflation
Taylor Latin America U.S.-Cuba Relations during the Reagan Administration
Was There a "Kirkpatrick Doctrine?"
Assessments Promises Made--Promises Kept
The Man Who Changed the World
The Reagan Revolution in Historical Perspective
Presidential Historians and Biographers Assess the Reagan Presidency Hofstra University High School Colloquium
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