Reagan’s War

I am currently reading Peter Schweizer’s book Reagan’s War: The Epic Store of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism. It is a very interesting survey of Reagan’s thoughts toward and interactions with communism beginning with his time as president of the Screen Actor’s Guild. The media tend to present Reagan as a dufus who happened to be in the right place at the right time. More fair views of Reagan paint him as an intelligent man who happened to be able to defeat communism. Schweizer has done a lot of research including KGB files on Reagan and presents him as a man with basically one purpose for 40 years. Reagan had one goal throughout his time at the SAG, to his speaking engagements for General Electric, to being governor of California, and finally as the President of the United States. He understood the evil of the communist system and knew that it could not be contained – it had to be defeated. I have always liked Reagan as a president and knew that he did many good things. Reading this book shows me that his interactions with the communist system for 40 years was central to the defeat of communism. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Reagan or the fall of communism.

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