Summits: Six Meetings That Shaped the Twentieth Century
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Summits: Six Meetings That Shaped the Twentieth Century

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The Cold War dominated history for nearly half a century, locking two superpowers in a global rivalry that ended only with the collapse of the Soviet Union. For millennia, the outcomes of war had been determined on the battlefield, but the most decisive moments of the Cold War occurred in the carefully worded exchanges of world leaders meeting face to face. In the shadow o...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published October 29th 2007 by Basic Books (first published September 6th 2007)
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A fascinating exploration of several key summits in the 20th century. While often not as detailed as I would have preferred, the discussion successfully painted a picture of the tone and key issues of each interaction and drove towards a number of interesting observations about the roles, risks, and components of summitry. The kind of book that both leaves me satisfied but also motivates me to seek out more accounts and perspectives.
Helena Sheibler
Neville Chamberlains wasn't the moron everyone thinks he is and this book illuminates him fairly well. Appeasement was a horrible idea, obviously but the book is fair and factual. The Reagan/ Gorbachev chapter is likewise, deftly handled. Yalta, 1945. Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin. Need I say more?
Pretty fascinating. It's amazing how much of history is based upon misinterpretations and misconceptions.
N. G. Osborne
Good concise breakdown of six of the most important summits of the 20th Century - even handed and incisive.
Fantastic book if you are interested in how leaders walked into some of the most famous meetings of diplomacy. Quite amazing. Very dry and boring if you are not into history.
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