April 4
Reagan and the PR Presidency

Reagan, with VP George Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, at an administration "photo-op."

Until we have a more complete release of documents, interpreting the history of the Reagan administration will be something of a speculatory matter. Yet today's reading provides a remarkable insight not only on Reagan's national security policy--but on the workings of the Reagan White House itself.

For those interested, our colleague, Becky Amato, has helped put together a film series starting Thursday. More info is available!


bullet Fitzgerald, Way Out There in the Blue, pp. 114-313.
bullet Reading Notes


bullet Reagan's "Evil Empire" speech (1982)
bullet The CIA speculates on Soviet responses to SDI (1983)

The Federation of American Scientists on SDI