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In Confidence: Moscow's Ambassador to Six Cold War Presidents

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Anatoly Dobrynin arrived in Washington, D.C., in 1962 -- at 43 the youngest man ever to serve as Soviet Ambassador to the United States -- and remained through the presidencies of Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan. Dobrynin became the main channel for the White House and the Kremlin to exchange ideas, negotiate in secret, and arrange summit meetings. Dobryn ...more
Paperback, 688 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by University of Washington Press (first published 1995)
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Will James
An truly fantastic insight into the highest levels of the Cold War. Anatoly Dobrynin gives an unrivaled account of his time as Soviet Ambassador to Washington from the Kennedy to the Reagan Administration. Whilst some of his analysis of some of the major events of the 1960s, 70s and 80s are only skin deep (such as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan), Dobrynin more than makes up for it with his own personal take on the policies and personalities that dominated both American and Soviet foreign rel ...more
Alexis
Dec 28, 2016 Alexis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Russian History Readers, Soviet History Readers, Cold War History Readers
I enjoyed this read, but it is not a true history. It is a more or less chronological compilation of Dobrynin's recollections from his time as Soviet Ambassador. Because there is no real narrative linkage to this book, I found that it was easy to pick up and put down again. I dnf'd it since I had to return it to the library, but I will ultimately probably buy a copy of this book and finish it that way where I can leave it on my shelf for a year and pick it up 20-50 pages at a time.
Clayton Brannon
Apr 25, 2016 Clayton Brannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A look at the cold war from the perspective of the Soviet Unions ambassador to the United States for the terms of six US Presidents from Kennedy to Reagan. If you are the least bit interested in foreign affairs during this period then this is a must read. Anatoly Dobrynin was the ultimate insider trusted both by US President and Soviet leaders alike.
Kurishin
Jul 20, 2014 Kurishin rated it it was ok
That Dobrynin generally sticks to what he thinks he knows/experienced is positive; however, other major events for which he should have been able to lend valuable insight (how the USSR lost the Cold War/proxy wars) are glossed over. I was left unsatisfied.
John
Feb 04, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An interesting perspective on the Cold War
Michael
Jan 08, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
A bit dated in its conclusion (the end of the Soviet Union and pre-Putin rise of Russian democracy), but an absolutely breathtaking book in its detail.
Naeem
Aug 02, 2007 Naeem rated it liked it
I read the sections on how the Soviets thought about the Afghan War. For that purpose, this is excellent.
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