The work generally aims at describing both Reagan’s and Gorbachev’s views on their personalities, and their contribution to the war. The author recounts their meetings and how the leaders even met in rare circumstances and through personalities such as Ted Kennedy and even George Schultz (Matlock 3-170).
With the Cold War marking an important event in the world’s history, Matlock’s work presents important facts that help understand how the Cold War ended (58-72). Most importantly the work involves the first hand information from Matlock. This essay will provide a detailed summary of the book then critique the work.
From the Matlock’s compilation, it is evident that ending the Cold War was not an easy task. This claim is trustable as Matlock worked as Foreign Service officer and was indicated to have high respect for the Soviet Union. As the coordinator of White House’s policy coordinator on the Soviet Union, the work explains how Gorbachev was a star. Alternatively, it is apparent that Reagan also made valid contributions to the Cold War, as Matlock writes that he asked for a press conference in the late 1980s and confesses on the part he played in the 20th century (3-78). It is also through the work that we see the then President Reagan supporting Gorbachev whom he constantly defined as a great leader in his country. In this context one would actually argue that Regan continually took the lower rank paving way for the appreciation and glory to Gorbachev. It is also questionable in this perspective that the then president was very accommodative to the approaches of the communist country all in an attempt to seek for change from Gorbachev.
As seen in the work, President Reagan’s first term was characterized by denouncements of the Soviet Union which was in his opinion an exceedingly malevolent empire that did not deserve any form