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Reagan’s imagination and prudence

Rich Lowry reviews Paul Lettow’s Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and finds it good. Lettow tells the good story of Reagan’s seriousness and--contra all his advisors--pushed on with his views and, in the end Reagan

wanted to do away with nuclear weapons entirely, perhaps because he thought the biblical story of Armageddon foretold a nuclear war. He believed that the Soviet economy would buckle under the pressure of stiff competition in the arms race. And he supported missile defense as a technological and moral alternative to the doctrine of mutually assured destruction.

The 1986 Reykjavik summit is a key to both Reagan’s thinking, and his ultimate success. 

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