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Engaging India: Diplomacy, Democracy, and the Bomb

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On May 11, 1998, three nuclear devices detonated under the Thar Desert in India shook the surrounding villages—and the rest of the world. The immediate effect was to plunge U.S.-India relations, already vexed by decades of tension and estrangement, into a new crisis. The situation deteriorated further when Pakistan responded in kind two weeks later, testing a nuclear weapo ...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published August 5th 2004 by Brookings Institution Press (first published 2004)
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Neeraj Bali
Jun 12, 2014 Neeraj Bali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating book on Indo-US parleys over non-proliferation that rivals thrillers in tautness and pace. Very reassuring to learn the sharp focus of Indian effort on its national interest.
Feb 08, 2015 Akshay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talbott was along with Jaswant Singh one of the architects of bringing the real foundation to India-US foreign relationship. Their efforts to understand the south asian dynamics of regional balance along with pragmatic approach to mutual relationship brought real depth to generally frosty interaction between US-India. The book gives riveting insight into international diplomacy, India's going nuclear and the interplay of great game between isolation and total engagement.

Although as with quite a
Ravi Shankar
Sep 26, 2012 Ravi Shankar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential reading on the origins of the modern chapter of Indo-US relations and its architects.
Amaruvi Devanathan
Books written by retired US officials about foreign policy usually center around the self-righteousness of the US and how they had, in times of great need, saved the other countries from the brink of extinction. For a change this book is one with a difference.

Written by Strobe Talbott, one of the respected US foreign office officials, it talks about the tumultuous times of 1998 to 2005 when the Indian subcontinent was the main focus of the world. 1998 was when India, under Atal Behari Vajpayee,
Feb 04, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A still relevant history of India becoming nuclear, how the Clinton administration handled it. History has led to it also being a good look at the BJP's previous time in government. Dry, but probably unavoidably so.
Hans Hoffmann
Feb 01, 2016 Hans Hoffmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who remember when India and Pakistan detinated a nuclear bomb in the late 90's - this is a good account of the behind the scenes negotiations that took place betweeen the US and India
Aashish Chaturvedi
This was a brisk read, both due to the nature of content included as well as Talbott's lucid writing style. Although, the book doesn't cover the denouement of America's courtship of India (I.e. The nuclear deal of 2005), the book does a good job of laying the pieces down for one to gauge how the relationship nurtured over time.

I especially liked the author's personal anecdotes with Jaswant Singh, a public figure I admire a lot, as well as learning facets of India's diplomatic troupe.
Jun 06, 2007 Ankur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lucidly written. This book gives a great insight into international diplomacy in general, and between India and the US in particular.
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