The chronological order of the Triumph of Improvisation is its most helpful feature. The way in which Wilson designed the organization of the book allows for a concise and coherent understanding of the period as a whole. The chronology is set up so that each chapter focuses on a certain number of years. Wilson’s chapters are set up to address certain years while he does backtrack he never goes all the way back to where he began with the book for a long period of time. Some of his chapters backtrack by a year or two to show how the past years were influencing the years in which Reagan and other politicians at the time were affected by the past. In chapter three (1982-1985) Wilson explains the ways in which Shultz worked to talk about nuclear weapons with the Soviets, and the effects it had upon Reagan’s hopes toward peace. The n...
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...’s book provides a unique and interesting look into Reagan’s presidency and active role in the United States’ foreign relations and policies. While the book has a few setbacks, it is still a good piece of history that explains the struggle of bringing an end to the Cold War. It does not only focus on the United States, but the entirety of Europe. The Triumph for Improvisation is a book that is not only fascinating, but also a book that analyzes the Cold War rather than summarizing it. It looks at the specific decisions, meetings, and predicaments both the Soviet Union and the United States were forced to reconcile with. The way in which Wilson portrays the two countries and their leaders is informative and proves his thesis effectively, that the two countries while at odds, were willing to cooperate and work with one another while slowly bending their original views.
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