On February 6, 1981, at his first National Security Council meeting, Ronald Reagan told his advisers: “I will make the decisions.” As Reagan’s Secret War reveals, these words provide the touchstone for understanding the extraordinary accomplishments of the Reagan administration, including the decisive events that led to the end of the Cold War.

Martin Anderson and Annelise Anderson drew upon their unprecedented access to more than eight million highly classified documents housed within the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California–unseen by the public until now. What emerges from this treasure trove of material is irrefutable evidence that Reagan intended from his first days in office to bring down the Soviet Union, that he considered eliminating nuclear weapons his paramount objective, and that he–not his subordinates–was the principal architect of the policies that ultimately brought the Soviets to the nuclear-arms negotiating table.
Reagan’s Secret War may change forever the image held by many. . . . With unprecedented access to his private papers, including his personal diary, the Andersons present a deeply involved and adroit leader.”
—Henry A. Kissinger

“Artfully and accurately explains how, when, and where . . . All who are interested in the elimination of nuclear weapons should read Reagan’s Secret War.”
—James A. Baker III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State

“An immense contribution . . . the authors have defied assumptions about what Reagan thought and said and conducted painstaking research to get at the truth of what he really planned and executed. All of us who are gripped by the transcendent importance of the nuclear threat will learn, and be inspired, by this account.”
—from the Foreword by George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State

“Ronald Reagan’s steadfast commitment to abolish all nuclear weapons is brought to life in Martin and Annelise Anderson’s captivating narrative. . . . If the world makes it to the nuclear-free mountaintop, we will have President Reagan to thank for inspiring our climb.”
—Sam Nunn, former Senator, cochairman, Nuclear Threat Initiative

“Superb . . . The authors’ unique access to previously classified materials and to the president’s personal documents enabled them to write the most complete and accurate account of this historic effort.”
—Ed Meese, former U.S. Attorney General

“Compelling . . . a valuable contribution to understanding the Reagan legacy.”
—Lou Cannon, author of President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime