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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
Aug 08, 2011 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.
Ravi Shankar
Sep 26, 2012 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.
Jitendra Singh
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the beautiful classics I would say. This gives you detailed version from American perspective. It basically dwells more about how India and US did fine tune diplomatic relationship. Some of the chapters are really thrilling especially when Bill Clinton was furious with Nawaz Sharif. A must for everyone who loves to read political affairs.
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 08, 2015 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
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 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful and detailed behind the looks at the diplomatic conversations that shaped India-US relations from 1996-2004. The most fascinating part was the tense moments when India and Pakistan were on the brink of a thermonuclear war and Bill Clinton came to the rescue. Also, Strobe Talbott throws light on the statesmanship of towering personalities like Vajpayee and Jaswant Singh.
Feb 04, 2015 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.
Vamsi Kiran
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books to know how diplomacy works. Especially, if we need to know about India's nuclear phases, the way Indian Diplomats worked with US diplomats ..Its truly engaging ..Its like a story but real events. Hatsoff to Strobe Talbott
Hans Hoffmann
Jan 29, 2016 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
Jun 06, 2007 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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