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  • ISBN: 0295980818
  • Author: Anatoly Dobrynin
  • Genre: Social Sciences
  • Subcategory: Politics & Government
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (February 1, 2001)
  • Pages: 688 pages
  • ePUB size: 1607 kb
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Anatoly Dobrynin arrived in Washington in 1962. He was only forty-three, the youngest man ever to serve as Soviet ambassador to the United States. Amazingly he remained in Washington through the presidencies of Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan.

Anatoly Dobrynin arrived in Washington in 1962. Dobrynin became the main back channel for the White House and the Kremlin to exchange ideas, negotiate in secret, and set up summit meetings. This arrangement became known as the confidential channel.

Anatoly Dobrynin arrived in Washington in 1962 - at 43 the youngest man ever to serve as Soviet Ambassador to. .

Anatoly Dobrynin arrived in Washington 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. Dobrynin writes vividly of Moscow from inside the Politburo, but In Confidence is mainly a story of Washington at the highest levels.

Anatoly Dobrynin arrived in Washington, . 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 relations during the period, especially in.

His book, In Confidence: Moscow's Ambassador to Six Cold War Presidents, was published in 1995. Dobrynin died in Moscow on 6 April 2010. It was last reprinted in 2001 as. ISBN 0-295-98081-8. In a telegram to Dobrynin's family, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev paid tribute to Dobrynin, stating: Anatoly Dobrynin, a talented and memorable figure, professional of the highest calibre and legend of Russian diplomacy has left us. His name is associated with a whole epoch in Russian and global foreign policy.

Dobrynin, a close associate of . Dobrynin was the USSR's point man in the US through six presidents. His memoirs here include the Soviet reactions to many famous incidents, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the shootdown of Korean Air Lines flight 007.

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Anatoly F. Dobrynin, the Soviet ambassador to Washington from 1962 to 1986, whose behind-the-scenes diplomacy was . A Dobrynin memoir, In Confidence: Moscow’s Ambassador to Six Cold War Presidents, appeared in 1995.

He was 90. News agencies throughout Europe, including Itar-Tass, reported that he died on Tuesday. Mr. Dobrynin is survived by his wife of 68 years, Irina; a daughter, Yelena; and a granddaughter, Yekaterina. Anatoly Fyodorovich Dobrynin was born on Nov.

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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. Dobrynin writes vividly of Moscow from inside the Politburo, but In Confidence is mainly a story of Washington at the highest levels.

Comments: (7)
Kabei
If you would have told me that a 700-page book written by a Russian on US-Soviet 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 and 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 reading 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 degree), but 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.
Tto
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 thought. Dobrynin's memoirs are fascinating because I have always wondered what he thought of Soviet/American relations and his American adversaries. Dobrynin thinks Bobby Kennedy was an immature alarmist. He has sympathy for Dean Rusk's despair over Viet Nam and Richard Nixon's fall over Watergate. 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. Great stuff.
Dobrynin clearly loved being Soviet Ambassador to the US, particularly during the Nixon administation when Dobrynin had his famous "back channel" with Kissinger. Dobrynin could attend lavish embassy parties and enjoy freedom and celebrity status in the US. He is clearly bitter when Gorbachev recalled him and kicked him upstairs to a powerless post in the USSR. Dobrynin blames Gorbachev for diplomatic 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 more like an ambassador from Britain and therein lies the greatest unstated paradox of Dobrynin's memoir: He represented the Soviet Union, not a democracy. Unlike Dobrynin, the people of the Soviet Union could not attend lavish 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.
Ienekan
Dobrynin was the USSR's point man in the US through six presidents. His memoirs here include the Soviet reactions to many famous incidents, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the shootdown of Korean Air Lines flight 007. It is because he was in America so long, and privy to both American sentiment and Russian diplomatic policy and strategy that this is so vital for Cold War understanding.
While it can seem a little self-serving in places, Dobrynin spent 30+ years less often in the USSR than here. 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 exception), this is probably the best insider view the West will ever see. For that reason, this book MUST be included in any study of the Cold War from 1960-1991.
Feri
Dobrynin was the USSR's point man in the US through six presidents. His memoirs here include the Soviet reactions to many famous incidents, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the shootdown of Korean Air Lines flight 007. It is because he was in America so long, and privy to both American sentiment and Russian diplomatic policy and strategy that this is so vital for Cold War understanding.
While it can seem a little self-serving in places, Dobrynin spent 30+ years less often in the USSR than here. 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 exception), this is probably the best insider view the West will ever see. For that reason, this book MUST be included in any study of the Cold War from 1960-1991.
Zyangup
Dobrynin presents a view of the Cold War that is fascinating and informative. I'm surprised that this book is out of print; it's absolutely an essential read for anyone who is a scholar of the Cold War or is simply interested in learning about that era.
Wen
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