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Perceived Images: U.S. and Soviet Assumptions and Perceptions in Disarmament
Perceived Images: U.S. and Soviet Assumptions and Perceptions in Disarmament
By Daniel Frei
Rowman & Allanheld, 1986, 323 pp

This is a Swiss scholar's ambitious attempt to catalog and analyze Soviet and American images of each other, in the national security domain in particular. The scholarly superstructure may be daunting, but there is much to be unearthed by the reader who is prepared to dig. Frei concludes that there is indeed a fundamental incompatibility of views that reflects a real conflict of interest and world outlook. Attempts to play it down for the sake of harmony are not helpful for a proper mutual assessment; rather, its appreciation is the starting point for progress toward disarmament.