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In Confidence: Moscow's Ambassador to America's Six Cold War Presidents (1962-1986)
Times Books | 1995 | ISBN 0812928946 | English | 697 pages | PDF | 4.5 MB
The most revealing account of the 40 years of the Cold War to have come out of Russia.... No other ambassador in modern times has played such a prolonged and crucial part in international affairs or has been prepared to write about it so uninhibitedly.
Dobrynin, the Soviet ambassador to the United States from the Kennedy through Reagan administrations, here recounts vividly the many frightening Cold War episodes that linger in the collective memory of the international community. In moderate language, the diplomat who strove above all to maintain cordial relations between the two superpowers discusses the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, Afghanistan, and the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. The book's title refers to the "confidential channel" that began with Dobrynin and Bobby Kennedy testing each other out with ideas and fresh proposals via a more informal communications network. This channel bypassed much of the traditional foreign policy-making bureaucracy of both countries and allowed for greater flexibility among negotiators. Dobrynin's memoir reads surprisingly well for this type of book, even as he goes into detail about specific meetings, crises, and American and Soviet personalities. His opinions of the individual American presidents and foreign policy leaders may challenge one's notion of Cold War political heroes and goats. Highly recommended for larger public and all academic libraries.