In This Review

The U.S.A. Up Close: From The Atlantic Pact To Bush
The U.S.A. Up Close: From The Atlantic Pact To Bush
By Giulio Andreotti
New York University Press, 1992, 252 pp

Seeing ourselves through others' eyes is often instructive, and since Italian leaders seem also to have been Lincoln's colleagues, their view is longer if not deeper than most. Andreotti, a fixture of postwar Italian government, brings a keen mind and the perspective of a political system in which charisma is suspect and so is the presumption that problems can be solved, and in which bargaining quietly is more the norm than bragging publicly. Sometimes his diplomatic politesse and Italian locution rendered into English are charming-witness his commentary on the Carter Administration's mostly self-generated Italian "crises": "The only disturbing note was the petulant habit of having the [U.S.] ambassador in Rome, without any real enthusiasm on his part I believe, issue imprudent and entirely unnecessary bulletins opposing the entry of the communists into the government coalition."