In This Review

By Jo Grimond
Heinemann/Holmes & Meier, 1980, 315 pp

From the evidence of these memoirs the effect of glasnost on Andrei Gromyko was minimal. In his descriptions of events and personalities encountered in his long career in diplomacy he hews closely to the official Soviet propaganda line of the time, with manifold distortions of reality. The only exception is a chapter, written for this American edition, in which he deplores Stalin's crimes and seeks an explanation for them. In all, Gromyko served his government well as apologist and negotiator. Behind the stony-faced mask of "Mr. Nyet" there was, it seems, a stony-faced man of limited vision.