In this 1994 New York Times Editors' Choice book, Dobrynin spares nothing in his discussions of his dealings with presidents Kennedy through Reagan, revealing how they established a confidential channel to exchange the most sensitive and important information of the Cold War about arms control, about the differences between their public positions ...
In this 1994 New York Times Editors' Choice book, Dobrynin spares nothing in his discussions of his dealings with presidents Kennedy through Reagan, revealing how they established a confidential channel to exchange the most sensitive and important information of the Cold War about arms control, about the differences between their public positions and actual policies, and about Vietnam and Afghanistan. of photos.
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the name of the book in Russian isn't ""In Confidence" but ""Higly Confidential,"" which is English - not a lame translation from English into Russian and back.
The reading is heavy Communist style report of everything that can be told about this very long and difficult period in world tension between the two world powers. However, the book is important material for the student and the scholar and reflects loyally the image the Soviets were trying to put across in those days - and a reflection of post Soviet assessments of a still subservient diplomat of very high rank to his past career.
This is a significant book which throws much light on the Soviet government and the Politburo's projection of a supremely self-confident and powerful Soviet Union against the United States.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-07-17 This diplomatic history by the former Soviet ambassador to the U.S. from 1962 to 1986 casts the Cold War as a saga of missed opportunities and misunderstandings. Dobrynin believes that the ideologies of both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. perpetuated a wasteful, dangerous rivalry, and he blames the collapse of d?tente on the growing influence of the Soviet military-industrial complex, Moscow's overextension (e.g., in Afghanistan), U.S. inflexibility in arms control and President Ronald Reagan's bellicosity. Paradoxically, Dobrynin also credits Reagan for opening a dialogue with Moscow during his second term. Drawing on his own unpublished diaries and archival research, the ex-ambassador charges that during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, Moscow made him an involuntary tool of deceit by keeping secret the deployment of Soviet intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Cuba. He also divulges that President Lyndon Johnson pushed for a negotiated end to the Vietnam War in 1965 whereby the U.S. would accept any government in South Vietnam, even if it eventually turned socialist. This monumental chronicle is a fundamental source on Soviet-American relations. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (Sept.)
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