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The Diplomacy of Silence: The American Foreign Service, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War, 1933-1947
The Diplomacy of Silence: The American Foreign Service, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War, 1933-1947
By Hugh de Santis
University of Chicago Press, 1981, 270 pp.

This study combines theoretical insights from psychology and philosophy with exemplary biographical and archival research in order to explain how U.S. Foreign Service officers came to share the bleak view of Soviet character and intentions described in the famous "long telegram" of George F. Kennan in 1946.