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The Development Of The Idea Of Détente
The Development Of The Idea Of Détente
By Michael B. Froman
St. Martin's, 1992, 179 pp

This is an excellent compilation and analysis of the attitudes of American administrations since Eisenhower toward détente. The centerpiece is the Nixon-Kissinger period, when détente flourished. In the Carter years it ended in deep disappointment with the U.S.S.R. Most interesting, however, is a brief chapter that shows Reagan's transformation from a dedicated opponent of détente to a man who left office singing its praises, to the dismay of his conservative supporters. The author's net judgment is that détente was only a limited success, but probably necessary.