General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall… Ronald Reagan


Ultimately it was the people themselves who tore down the wall and that is just the way Ronald Reagan would have wanted it. No American politician did more for longer – stayed more consistently on both message and task – than Ronald Reagan. Because we had the great good fortune to have a leader unwilling to accommodate evil for the sake of either appeasement or advancement of some hidden agenda of his own we had a generation of peace, prosperity and security the residue of which kept us afloat for nearly twenty years after he left office. Now that the fifth columnist have taken over we are less hopeful, less certain of our futures and wandering in a wasteland listening to hear his clarion call again.

The crusader : Ronald Reagan and the fall of communism Paul Kengor New York : Regan Books, c 2006 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xvi, 412 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [321]-396) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Based on extraordinary research: a major reassessment of Ronald Reagan’s lifelong crusade to dismantle the Soviet Empire – including shocking revelations about Ted Kennedy who tried to collude with USSR to counter Reagan’s efforts and make one last desperate grab at the White House himself.

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Kengor’s God and Ronald Reagan made presidential historian Kengor’s name as one of the premier chroniclers of the life and career of the 40th president. Now, with The Crusader, Kengor returns with the one book about Reagan that has not been written: The story of his lifelong crusade against communism, and of his dogged – and ultimately triumphant – effort to overthrow the Soviet Union.

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Drawing upon reams of newly declassified presidential papers, as well as untapped Soviet media archives and new interviews with key players, Kengor traces Reagan’s efforts to target the Soviet Union from his days as governor of California to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of what he famously dubbed the “Evil Empire.” The result is a major revision and enhancement of what historians are only beginning to realize: That Reagan not only wished for the collapse of communism, but had a deep and specific understanding of what it would take – and effected dozens of policy shifts that brought the USSR to its heels within a decade of his presidency.

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The Crusader makes use of key sources from behind the Iron Curtain, including one key memo that implicates Ted Kennedy in a scheme to enlist Soviet premier Yuri Andropov to help defeat Reagan’s 1984 reelection bid. Such new finds make The Crusader not just a work of extraordinary history, but a work of explosive revelation that will be debated as hotly today as Reagan’s policies were in the 1980s.

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