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Shared Destiny: Fifty Years of Soviet-American Relations
Shared Destiny: Fifty Years of Soviet-American Relations
Edited by Mark Garrison and Abbott Gleason
Beacon Press, 1985, 167 pp
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The 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Soviet Union provided the occasion for reflections on the lessons of that half-century by a number of distinguished experts including George Kennan, John Lewis Gaddis, Adam Ulam and Alexander Dallin. They delve into the past, each in his own way, to illuminate the historical record and also to bring out the misperceptions, ideological blinders, cultural gaps and lost opportunities, to say nothing of conflicting national interests, that have created such a gulf between the two nations. It is a book to be read and pondered, by Russians (if any of them ever see it) as well as by Americans.