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At the Highest Levels: The Inside Story of the End of the Cold War

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The widely hailed behind-the-scenes history of the Cold War endgame--a book that brilliantly brings to life the private conversations and secret understandings that changed history. "A highly fluent narrative with the heft and density of history and the emotional resonance of fiction."--New York Times.
Paperback, 536 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by Back Bay Books (first published 1993)
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Nolan
May 31, 2013 Nolan rated it really liked it
I'm often stunned and surprised by the passage of time. This book's events
happened very nearly a quarter of a century ago now, and yet the memories of
events mentioned here are so vivid for me, as I suspect they will be for
you.
This book is essentially an account of
the final years of the Soviet Union. But there's no partisan gloating
here-no jingoistic flag-waving literary shouts about how cool democracy is
and how it would always have won. It is a no-nonsense factual account of
the Bush presidency a
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Bobby
Jun 28, 2014 Bobby rated it liked it
Solid and in depth accounting of the end of the Cold War brought about by Gorbachev's attempt to change but ultimately bring about the break up of the USSR.
E
May 05, 2015 E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Magnificent despite its age. I left with newfound respect for the elder George Bush. The conduct of foreign policy is delicate, to say the least, and far more art than science. In retrospect, the Cold War's actual end, which was a whimper as opposed to a bang, seems astonishingly improbable. And yet, it concluded almost completely without bloodshed. Beschloss and Talbott's narrative of this unlikely outcome is both highly readable and deeply fascinating.
Adkad
May 17, 2008 Adkad added it
An interesting study of the last years of the Soviet Union from the perspective of diplomatic history and relations between the Soviets and the US. At places it reads like a thriller and other places like a newspaper article. While it can bog down at times overall it is a very informative discussion.
Jill Buckingham
Aug 13, 2009 Jill Buckingham rated it it was amazing
Maybe the cold war doesn't sound interesting but this book is fascinating. What actually happened between the US and the former Soviet Union that changed the face of the globe geo-politically will surprise you.
Mitchell
Jun 21, 2010 Mitchell rated it it was amazing
An excellent read on what went on at the top during the last years of the Soviet Union and the immediate aftermath. Filled with a lot of interesting and, at times, comical anecdotes.
Douglas Graney
Aug 20, 2008 Douglas Graney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. This is one of those "put you in the room" books. Say what you want about his son, but Bush 41 did a great job regarding the USSR.
Mike
Nov 28, 2007 Mike marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I know I should read this one but it seems like medicine rather that fun.
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