A valuable collection of public documents (unfortunately discontinued in 1985) is U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Documents on Disarmament, 1981-1985 ( 1982-1986). Another important collection of documents is Christopher Simpson, ed., National Security Directives of the Reagan and Bush Administrations: The Declassified History of U.S. Political and Military Policy, 1981-1991 ( 1995).
Among the more important memoirs of the Reagan years are Ronald W. Reagan, An American Life ( 1990); Alexander M. Haig Jr., Caveat: Realism, Reagan, and Foreign Policy ( 1984); George Shultz, Turmoil and Triumph: My Years as Secretary of State ( 1990); Robert McFarlane, Special Trust ( 1994); Caspar Weinberger, Fighting for Peace ( 1990); and Martin Anderson, Revolution ( 1988).
Among the best secondary sources dealing with Reagan's military policies is Daniel Wirls, Buildup: The Politics of Defense in the Reagan Era ( 1992).
For the Strategic Defense Initiative, see Donald R. Baucom, The Origins of SDI, 1944-1983 ( 1992); Kerry L. Hunter, The Reign of Fantasy: The Political Roots of Reagan's Star Wars Policy ( 1997); Sanford Lakoff and Herbert F. York, A Shield in Space? Technology, Politics, and the Strategic Defense Initiative ( 1989); Rebecca Bjork, The Strategic Defense Initiative: Symbolic Containment of the Nuclear Threat ( 1992).
For Reagan's efforts to revise the ABM Treaty, see Raymond L. Garthoff, Policy versus the Law: The Reinterpretation of the ABM Treaty ( 1987); Matthew Bunn, Foundation for the Future: The ABM Treaty and National Security ( 1990). For a related topic, see Allan Girrier and Catherine Girrier, American Policy and Alleged Soviet Treaty Violations ( 1987).
Among the best secondary accounts dealing with nuclear arms control during the Reagan years are Keith L. Shimko, Images and Arms Control: Perceptions of the Soviet Union in the Reagan Administration ( 1991); Michael Mandelbaum and Strobe Talbott, Reagan and Gorbachev ( 1987); Strobe Talbott, Deadly Gambits: The Reagan Administration and the Stalemate in Nuclear Arms Control