From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War

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From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War

Format:  Paperback,

604 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Jan 2007

ISBN-13: 9781416543367

ISBN-10: 1416543368

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From the former director of the CIA comes the unprecedented inside story of America's and the agency's role in the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Ever certain that the 50-year struggle with the Soviet Union was indeed a war, Gates makes candid appraisals of presidents, key officials, and policies.


Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Jan 2007
ISBN-13: 9781416543367
ISBN-10: 1416543368
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 604
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.42
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.0 x 9.25 x 1.75

Chapter outline

1969-1974: Detente-The Years of Smoke and Mirrors
Washington and Moscow: 1969
So This Was "Detente"?
1975-1980: The Mask of Soviet Ascendancy
American Paralysis
The "Third World" War
Planting Lethal Seeds
MUTS, Spies, and Dissidents
Defense and Arms Control: Advantage USSR
1979: Cold War, Hot War-East War, West War
Carter Turns to CIA
The Mask of Soviet Ascendancy, the Reality of Vulnerability
1981-1986: The Resurgence of the West
The Reawakening
Reagan's Sword: Casey at CIA
Turning the Tables
1983: The Most Dangerous Year
The War in Washington, 1983: Shultz Against the Field
Central America, 1983-1984: Our Own Worst Enemy
Passages: Last Gasp of the Soviet Old Guard
1985: Reagan and Gorbachev-the Best of Enemies
The Third World Competition, 1985-1986: Washington Pours It On
Intelligence Wars
1986-1991: Liberation and History's Dustbin
Gorbachev's Uncertain Trumpet, 1986-1987
Geneva to Washington
Ending the "Third World" War
Gorbachev: Destroying the Soviet System
The "Velvet Revolutions" of 1989: The Avalanche of Liberation
Together at Last: Bush and Gorbachev
Destruction of the "Evil Empire
A Joyless Victory

Book description

As the only person to rise from entry-level analyst to Director of the CIA and to serve on the White House staffs of four Presidents, Robert Gates is uniquely qualified to tell the unprecedented inside story of the Cold War. Drawing on his access to classified information and top-level involvement in policy decisions, Gates lays bare the hidden wars and operations the United States waged against communism worldwide.

Ever certain that the fifty-year struggle with the Soviet Union was indeed a war, Gates makes candid appraisals of Presidents, key officials, and policies of the period. From the Shadows is a classic memoir on the career of a CIA officer at the centre of power during a time when the threat of global annihilation informed America's every move.

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