By confronting the Soviet Union with military and technological competition it could not match, Ronald Reagan forced the Kremlin to adopt reforms that were fatal to the regime and won the Cold War without firing a shot.

At least that’s the premise of this softball yet ultimately satisfying handling of what was arguably the highlight of Reagan’s time as president.

Baier, a Fox News correspondent, admits that conservative icon Reagan could be cool and distant behind his glad-handing façade. But otherwise he finds little fault in the 40th president. On the other hand, Baier is refreshingly slow to vilify anyone, even Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

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