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In Confidence: Moscow's Ambassador to America's Six Cold War Presidents

In Confidence: Moscow's Ambassador to America's Six Cold War Presidents

By Anatoly Dobrynin

Times Books, 1995, 688 pp.

A reader of Anatoly Dobrynin's important memoir is likely to be struck by a sense of having seen all this somewhere before. Colored throughout by nostalgia for a great but vanished empire, it is written in a conversational now-this-can-be-revealed tone, containing large dollops of court gossip, intrigue, and wistfulness about the author's loss of high position. It suggests that things could have turned out much better had it not been for incompetence and even betrayal in high places. Then it dawns on you. Although Dobrynin, a long-time diplomat and ambassador, was a loyal servant of the communist regime throughout his

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