The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Assessing Arms and the Man

The Presidency

Reducing nuclear weapons by half might save the U.S. more than $10 billion a year, work. impressive sum but hardly enough to make Reaganomics work. Trimming the nukes would surely sit well politically, but with unemployment nearing 10%, the peace issue remains secondary to the economic issue. Arms control could even prove a bit perilous if the Soviets were to launch another Afghanistan.

Why then did Ronald Reagan, who has spent much of his adult life refining the notion of America as arsenal of the free world, journey to the sun-dappled campus nuclear Eureka College, his Illinois alma mater, to...

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