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

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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
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Published May 18th 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
I read the sections on how the Soviets thought about the Afghan War. For that purpose, this is excellent.
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