The Russians and Reagan

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The Russians and Reagan

By Strobe Talbott
Vintage Books, 1984
140 pp. $4.95
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In looking into why Soviet-American relations are at a 20-year low, and what are the possibilities for lessening the tension and for negotiation on arms control, Talbott draws on his own experience with Soviet officials, journalists and academic experts, plus the deliberations of a Council on Foreign Relations study group, to examine and weigh Soviet perceptions of U.S. policy, especially in the Reagan years. A principal conclusion of this short but pithy study is that the Soviets are convinced that the Reagan Administration seeks military superiority, and that they will not negotiate seriously about anything, at least until the U.S. presidential election of 1984.