A dramatic account of the historic 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Iceland - the turning point in the Cold War - by Ken Adelman, Reagan's arms control director and a key player in that weekend's world-changing events. In October 1986, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met for a forty-eight-hour summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. Planned as a short gathering to outline future talks, the meeting quickly turned to major international issues, including SDI ("Star Wars") and the possibility of eliminating all nuclear weapons.
George Packer has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 2003. That year, his pieces "War after the War" and "The Children of Freetown" each won an Overseas Press Club award. He is the author of The Village of Waiting and Blood of the Liberals and is the editor of The Fight Is for Democracy: Winning the War of Ideas in America and the World.