The year is 1989. You are President of the United States in transforming times. After forty years of oppression, the people of Eastern Europe are daring to defy their Communist overlords at home and in the Soviet Union. And as President, you too face daring decisions: how far will you go to encourage democratic reform? How much will you risk a Soviet crackdown on these freedom-seeking peoples? Will your efforts help bring democracy to Eastern Europe, or will you provoke the Soviet Union to bring down its wrath, setting the cause of freedom back by decades?
This is a strategy game about presidential decision-making in the context of the Bush 41 presidency in those epochal years of 1989 and 1990. As Poland legalizes Solidarity, as the Berlin Wall falls, as people in every country take to the streets seeking greater freedom and human rights, the world is changing under your feet. As President, you must analyze changing situations, weigh risks, and make decisions, all while trying to keep your alliances healthy, your relationships with foreign leaders strong, and the drive towards freedom and democracy always moving forward. And in the end, you can compare your successes and failures with those of President Bush 41.
“Cold War Dare” is an educational outreach product by the George Bush Presidential Library.
Directed and produced by Dr. Shirley Hammond, Director of Education, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum © 2016, George Bush Presidential Library Foundation
Game design and development by eduweb.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Engel, Consultant
Mary Finch, Audiovisual Archivist
Christopher Pembelton and Zachary Roberts, Archivists