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Ken Adelman


Ken Adelman

Ken Adelman is the author of REAGAN AT REYKJAVIK: Forty-Eight Hours that Ended the Cold War.

He was Director of the U.S. Arms Control Agency for President Ronald Reagan during the 1986 Reykjavik summit, and accompanied Reagan at three superpower summits. He also served as a U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Adelman is Executive Producer of a feature film “Reykjavik” with Michael Douglas as Ronald Reagan, Christoph Waltz as Mikhail Gorbachev, and Ridley Scott as Producer. After government, he taught Shakespeare at Georgetown and George Washington Universities, and National Security Studies at Johns Hopkins and those two universities.

Graduating as a religion major from Grinnell College, Adelman received a Masters in Foreign Service Studies and a Doctorate in Political Theory from Georgetown University.

With his humor, wit, and insight, he has been a top-evaluated keynote speaker for YPO, industry and professional groups across the country. Appearing frequently on television and radio, he is a superb storyteller with an accomplished career. Adelman is an excellent keynote speaker for corporations, associations and universities.

Books by Ken Adelman

by Ken Adelman - History, Military, Nonfiction, World History

REAGAN AT REYKJAVIK is the dramatic, first-hand account of the historic 1986 Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Iceland --- the definitive weekend that was the key turning point in the Cold War --- by President Reagan’s arms control director, Ken Adelman. Scrupulously researched and based on now-declassified information, Adelman's book tells the gripping tale of this weekend that changed the world.