When they first met in 1985, tensions were running high, and the world acclaimed Reagan and Gorbatchev as peace-makers. Yet neither of them was seeking peace; rather each wanted to outdo the other by any means necessary. Nonetheless they ended up making peace, courageously and often in opposition to their own camps, even their own ideas.
Today the West regards the Russian as a hero, his own country sees him as a traitor and a lamentable leader. Russia remembers Reagan as a Machiavellian Johnny-get-your-gun, the United States as a brave guy and the world as a former actor with limited intelligence.