1980 began with three new leaders entering the world stage: a new pope, a new British Prime Minister, and a new American President. All would make a decisive impact upon the Cold War.
President Reagan, a former democrat, was now an old man. But he had a revolution in mind: the Reagan Revolution. For the Soviets, he was the archetypal Cold Warrior. He promised to confront them at all times, and everywhere.
In 1983, the world came very close to atomic war. This is that story.