Oberdorfer explains how U.S. and Soviet leaders got from the bitter, recriminatory relationship of 1983 to the new world of 1990. We will have to wait until the archives and diaries are opened to get a better version. Oberdorfer is master of the extended journalistic inquiry into events behind major news stories, a talent he turns to the careful reconstruction of developments between and within leaderships during these remarkable years. Interviews with a wide array of players on both sides, including 13 with George Shultz, form the book's backbone.
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