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The dramatic, firsthand account of the historic 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Iceland—the definitive weekend that was the key turning point in the Cold War—by President Reagan’s arms control director, Ken Adelman

In October 1986, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met for a forty-eight-hour summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. Planned as a short, inconsequential gathering to outline future talks, the meeting quickly turned to major international issues, including the strategic defense initiative and the possibility of eliminating all nuclear weapons—negotiations that laid the groundwork for the most sweeping arms accord in history the following year.

Scrupulously researched and based on now-declassified information, Reagan at Reykjavik tells the gripping tale of this weekend that changed the world. Filled with illustrative accounts of the private discussions between Reagan and his team, Ken Adelman provides an honest and up-close portrait of President Reagan at one of his finest and most challenging moments.

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  • Reagan at Reykjavik is a lively, important account of a historic weekend. On a barren island nation in the north Atlantic, the two great nuclear adversaries faced reality—and the world was changed.”

    Tom Brokaw, journalist, author, and former anchor of NBC Nightly News

  • “This is real history and brilliant analysis, a profound book that could only have been written decades after the Reykjavik weekend, which now can be measured by the outcome. With their large humanitarian vision, it is clear that Reagan and Gorbachev helped make the world a much safer place.”

    Bob Woodward, investigative journalist and author

  • “With wonderful insight and color, Ken Adelman details the great drama of the Cold War’s most surprising summit. This book is deeply important in an era when Reagan’s art of principled negotiation needs reviving.”

    Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A knowledgeable, passionately engaged fly on the wall at one of the least heralded, most productive summits of the Cold War era.”

    Ted Koppel, NPR senior news analyst and former anchor of Nightline

  • “A riveting history of one of the most important moments of the Cold War. Adelman has written a page-turning narrative that leaves us on the edge of our seats.”

    Ken Burns, director and producer

  • “Adelman, arms control director under President Ronald Reagan, pulls back the curtain on the dramatic weekend in October 1986 when Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met in Reykjavik, Iceland, to discuss matters at a sort of presummit meeting…Adelman’s style is quick, accessible, and occasionally humorous, giving this tale an almost whimsical feel despite its world-changing subject. Whether or not his thesis is true, this is certainly a uniquely close-range look at a Cold War turning point.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Effectively focused, vividly adept portraits of two newsmakers at the pinnacles of their relevance on the world stage.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A fascinating, gripping, and essential account of the definitive end-game moment of the Cold War, told by someone who had a front-row seat.”

    Christopher Buckley, political satirist and novelist

  • “Ken Adelman has written a genuinely fascinating book—vivid and personal, humorous, full of surprising new details. The book’s portrayals are all memorable, but most so when it comes to Ronald Reagan.”

    James Fallows, writer, journalist, national correspondent for the Atlantic

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