IN CONFIDENCE: Moscow’s Ambassador to America’s Six Cold War Presidents. User Review – Kirkus. Dobrynin, Soviet ambassador to the US from to. Anatoly Dobrynin arrived in Washington in He was only forty-three, the youngest man ever to serve as Soviet ambassador to the United States. Amazingly. ANATOLY DOBRYNIN’S “In Confidence” is surely the most revealing account of the 40 years of the cold war to have come out of Russia. On the.
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This diplomatic history by the former Soviet ambassador to the U. Dobrynin believes that the ideologies of both the U. Paradoxically, Dobrynin also credits Reagan for opening a dialogue with Moscow during his second term. Drawing on his own unpublished diaries and archival research, the ex-ambassador charges that during the Cuban missile crisis ofMoscow made him an involuntary tool of deceit by keeping secret the deployment of Soviet intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Cuba.
This monumental chronicle anayoly a fundamental source on Soviet-American relations. Photos not seen by PW. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. Dobrynin, the Soviet ambassador to the United States from the Kennedy through Reagan administrations, here recounts vividly the many frightening Cold War episodes that linger in the collective memory of the international community.
In moderate language, the diplomat who strove above all to maintain cordial relations between the two superpowers discusses the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, Afghanistan, and the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. The book’s title refers to the “confidential channel” that began with Dobrynin and Bobby Kennedy testing each other out with ideas and fresh proposals via a more informal communications network.
This channel bypassed much of the traditional foreign policy-making bureaucracy of both countries and allowed for greater flexibility among negotiators. Dobrynin’s memoir reads surprisingly well for this type of book, even as he goes into detail about specific meetings, crises, and American and Soviet personalities. His opinions of the individual American presidents and foreign policy leaders may challenge one’s notion of Cold War political heroes and goats.
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Please try again later. If you would have told me that a page book written by a Russian on Confidecne relations during the Cold War would be a page-turner, I would have laughed, but that is what I found when I picked up this book.
The book seems very unbiased dobrtnin is extremely well written. I enjoyed reading the Moscow perspective of our presidents and their staff from a source who could easily compare them all. I further enjoyed dobryinn Moscow’s view of the Cold War which allows the reader to decipher between political propoganda and realistic thought – from both governments.
You’re not going to get a lot of detail on the major events such as Cuba or Vietnam, but you do get to learn how the talks worked – or didn’t work – in the behind the scenes discussions between the two countries regarding said events.
I gave the book 4 stars because the book is somewhat linear in the sense it covers US-Soviet relations in a time of unstable global politics. I felt to truly understand the negotiations and stretegies, one needed to better understand the strategies each country had with other states the book does do that to a small degreebut I suppose that is not the point of the book and would have deviated from Dobrynin’s first hand accounts. Perhaps I am being too harsh and should have rated the book on what it is instead of what it is not.
I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in that period. Prior to the Gorbachev era Soviet memoirs were stultifying party-line tomes that were virtually unreadable as serious history.
Now we can read what Soviet diplomats really dobrynjn. Dobrynin thinks Bobby Kennedy was an immature alarmist. He is amused by a pathetic attempt at a summit by a lame duck LBJ.
He is frustrated by Carter and Reagan and bemused by Brezezinski’s tough guy act towards the Soviet Union. Dobrynin clearly loved being Soviet Ambassador to the US, particularly during the Nixon administation when Dobrynin had his famous “back channel” with Confidencee. Dobrynin could attend lavish embassy parties and enjoy freedom and celebrity status in the US. He is clearly bitter when Gorbachev recalled him dobrynni kicked him upstairs to a powerless post in the USSR.
Dobrynin blames Gorbachev for dobrynij blunders that led to the fall of the Soviet Union. Dobynin’s tone in his memoir is smooth and his book is well-written.
He seems conridence like an ambassador from Britain and therein lies the greatest dobryninn paradox of Dobrynin’s memoir: He represented the Soviet Union, not a democracy. Unlike Dobrynin, the people of the Soviet Union could not attend anaholy parties, read, travel or speak freely.
The nation that he repesented was a closed society that erected the Berlin Wall, indoctrinated its citizens in Marxist dogma and abused psychology and any science to keep its citizens obediant. The secret police used torture and imprisonment to enforce Communist rule. Dobrynin was a pillar of that system. This is why – despite all the anecdotes and bon mots – the most disturbing implication of Dobrynin’s memoirs for me is that intelligent, cultured people like Dobrynin allow themselves to ammorally deny the humanity of others in the name of self-serving ambition.
His memoirs here include the Soviet reactions to many famous incidents, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the shootdown of Korean Air Lines flight It is because he was in America so long, and privy to both Anatopy sentiment and Russian diplomatic policy and strategy that this is so vital for Cold War understanding.
He met 6 presidents and can discuss them with first hand knowledge of their style and also their reactions they caused in Moscow. His total access to both superpowers’ most important policymakers gives him a unique perspective, and given so little of the top Soviet leaders’ autobiographies Krushchev being a strong exceptionthis is probably the best insider view the West will ever see. One person found this helpful. Dobrynin presents a view of the Cold War ajatoly is fascinating and informative.
I’m surprised that this book is out of print; confudence absolutely an essential read for anyone who is a scholar of the Cold War or is simply interested in learning about that era. See all 13 reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.
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