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The U.S.-U.S.S.R. Grain Agreement
The U.S.-U.S.S.R. Grain Agreement
By Roger B. Porter
Cambridge University Press, 1984, 160 pp

The 1975 grain agreement with the Soviet Union was an innovation in American foreign policy and in the relations between the two superpowers. Neither of these things was as much in the minds of the officials who worked out the deal as was a set of current pressures and preoccupations, according to this very good inside account. The author, who was then in the Ford White House, suggests that even the influence of the farm organizations was negligible.