Magazine October 15, 2018, Issue

Reagan’s Long Game

Ronald Reagan delivers his historic speech at the Berlin Wall on June 12, 1987. (Wikimedia Commons)
Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire, by Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney (William Morrow, 416 pp., $28.99)

In January 1977, just after Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald Ford and was inaugurated as president, I flew to Los Angeles to keep a morning appointment with Ronald Reagan at his home. I had come to request a favor from him. He quickly granted it, and then there ensued a six-hour conversation focused on the Cold War, Communist ideology, China, and U.S. relations with allies. He walked with me to my car as we conversed and then said, “Before you leave, Dick, I’d like to tell you my theory of the Cold War.” He continued, “Some say I’m simplistic, but there’s a

Richard V. AllenMr. Allen is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was the national-security adviser to President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1982, the chief foreign-policy adviser to Reagan from 1977 to 1981, and the foreign-policy coordinator in the 1968 presidential campaign of Richard M. Nixon.

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