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From opposite ends of the ideological spectrum, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev carved a joint legacy in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end. Both leaders pursued their own agendas with a focus that some considered heroic and others considered reckless, but their dialogue led to taking a step back from the brink of nuclear disaster.
Together, they warmed relations between the two most powerful countries the world has even known; and, at Gorbachev’s insistence, they even entertained the possibility of a world without nuclear weapons.
Victor Bregeda captures the stand-off of powers in the form of a chess match between the two great leaders of their time. The red dot next to Gorbachev’s hand is actually the nuclear launch button that never got pressed and turned into a ladybug of peace.