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The Resource The triumph of improvisation : Gorbachev's adaptability, Reagan's engagement, and the end of the Cold War, James Graham Wilson

The triumph of improvisation : Gorbachev's adaptability, Reagan's engagement, and the end of the Cold War, James Graham Wilson

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The triumph of improvisation : Gorbachev's adaptability, Reagan's engagement, and the end of the Cold War
Title
The triumph of improvisation
Title remainder
Gorbachev's adaptability, Reagan's engagement, and the end of the Cold War
Statement of responsibility
James Graham Wilson
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eng
Summary
In The Triumph of Improvisation, James Graham Wilson takes a long view of the end of the Cold War, from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979 to Operation Desert Storm in January 1991. Drawing on deep archival research and recently declassified papers, Wilson argues that adaptation, improvisation, and engagement by individuals in positions of power ended the specter of a nuclear holocaust. Amid ambivalence and uncertainty, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ronald Reagan, George Shultz, and George H. W. Bush-and a host of other actors-engaged with adversaries and adapted to a rapidly changing international environment and information age in which global capitalism recovered as command economies failed. Eschewing the notion of a coherent grand strategy to end the Cold War, Wilson paints a vivid portrait of how leaders made choices; some made poor choices while others reacted prudently, imaginatively, and courageously to events they did not foresee. A book about the burdens of responsibility, the obstacles of domestic politics, and the human qualities of leadership, The Triumph of Improvisation concludes with a chapter describing how George H. W. Bush oversaw the construction of a new configuration of power after the fall of the Berlin Wall, one that resolved the fundamental components of the Cold War on Washington's terms
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Midwest
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1980-
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Wilson, James Graham
Dewey number
327.73047
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Cold War
  • United States
  • Soviet Union
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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The triumph of improvisation : Gorbachev's adaptability, Reagan's engagement, and the end of the Cold War, James Graham Wilson
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
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MWT12428373
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unknown
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1 online resource.
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780801470219
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia.
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  • c
Publisher number
MWT12428373
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remote
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12428373
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The triumph of improvisation : Gorbachev's adaptability, Reagan's engagement, and the end of the Cold War, James Graham Wilson
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT12428373
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780801470219
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT12428373
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
12428373
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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