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Summits: Six Meetings That Shaped the Twentieth Century
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.
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?
a Professor of International History and a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge. He was awarded a scholarship to study at Dulwich College, then Cambridge and Harvard universities. He has held visiting posts at Harvard, Nebraska and Oklahoma, as well as at Nihon University in Tokyo and Sciences Po in Paris. He was awarded the Wolfson History Prize, 2004, and elected a Fellow of the British Academy ...moreMore about David Reynolds...