“Ronald Reagan had an unusual suggestion to help Margaret Thatcher understand the mentality of the Soviet leader: read Tom Clancy’s thriller.
Papers released by the National Archives in Kew, London, reveal the former US president was ‘much impressed’ with Clancy’s Red Storm Rising, which takes places in Russia where an Islamist terror attack triggers a Third World War.
After his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Mr. Reagan said that reading the book would help Mrs Thatcher understand Russia’s Cold War thinking.”
— Valerie Edwards, The Daily Mail [links added]
“Ronald Reagan ‘prepared for historic Cold War meeting by reading Tom Clancy thriller,'” Cahal Milmo, The Independent
“Reagan to Thatcher: Read a Tom Clancy thriller to understand the Soviet Union,” Aamna Mohdin, Quartz
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