Romesh Ratnesar Discusses His New Book: Tear Down This Wall

For Immediate Release:
October 29, 2009
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
Romesh Ratnesar Discusses His New Book: Tear Down This Wall

Author Romesh Ratnesar discusses his new book Tear Down This Wall: A City, A President, and the Speech that Ended the Cold War on Thursday, November 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


Marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ratnesar will discuss how the relationship between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev led to Reagan’s famous “Tear Down This Wall” speech and the end of the Cold War.


Departing from the view that Reagan “won” the Cold War, Ratnesar contends that both Reagan and Gorbachev played indispensable roles in bringing about an end to the United States-Soviet Union rivalry and that it was the trust they shared that allowed them to overcome the suspicions that held their predecessors back.


Ratnesar draws on interviews with dozens of former Reagan administration officials, journalists, historians, and eyewitnesses to the speech in both the U.S. and Germany, as well as recently declassified State Department documents and East German records of Reagan’s trip.


Ratnesar is the deputy managing editor of Time magazine. He has written dozens of cover stories on U.S. foreign policy and international affairs and reported from many countries around the world.


Copies of Tear Down This Wall will be available for sale, and Ratnesar will sign copies purchased during the event.


Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.


Major funding for this event has been provided by Adam Starr.

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