Hanging Together: The Seven-Power Summits

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Hanging Together: The Seven-Power Summits

By Robert D. Putnam and Nicholas Bayne
Harvard University Press, 1984
256 pp. $17.50
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The meetings of the leaders of the industrial democracies, from Rambouillet in 1975 to Williamsburg in 1983, are described and analyzed in this measured report by an American professor and a British diplomat, the best complete account yet published. While the focus is on the process of managing interdependence, and what these meetings have contributed to it, much of the substance of the individual economic issues comes into the discussion. For the most part the record, where societies are so open and the press so inquisitive, is publicly known; the authors use it judiciously and supplement it with numerous personal interviews.