Tchaikovsky 19, A Diplomatic Life Behind the Iron Curtain

Tchaikovsky 19, A Diplomatic Life Behind the Iron Curtain

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qReaders will discover the failures of Kissinger Is policy of detente in the early 1970s, the mistaken departure from Carter Is balanced policy toward China and the USSR, and the near-collapse of the embassy due to intelligence failuresq-Foreign Service Journal. qOber Is book recounts it all, along with the personalities and events of the time now mostly forgotten: dissidents and refuseniks, Victor and Jennifer Louis, Nina and Ed Stevens, U.S.-Soviet summits, microwaves, bugged buildings and typewriters, fires, spy dust and spy mania . . . It Is all there, the pageant of U.S. Embassy Moscow 1970-90, a place so unlike today Is walled air-conditioned, high-rise embassy fortress a block away as to beggar the imagination.q-Richard Gilbert, qYou have wonderfully captured the way things were in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and I80s. I don It know anyone who has done it better.q-Donald Connery, former Time-Life correspondent, Moscow. qTogether with much wisdom about American diplomacy, this rich memoir provides keen insight into Russian thinking and behaviorq-George Feifer, qThe Girl from Petrovkaq.... Arthur Hartman, had inaugurated it in January 1987, when he and his wife, Donna, gave a farewell reception two months before our own farewell. ... and basketball courts, and had looked at the areas that would later become a restaurant, a commissary, and a hairdressing salon. ... at the embassy involved as much manual labor to keep it operating as dealing with Soviet officials and writing dispatches.

Title:Tchaikovsky 19, A Diplomatic Life Behind the Iron Curtain
Author:Robert F. Ober, Jr.
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2008-01-15


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