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A journey through the Cold War : a memoir of containment and coexistence
Garthoff, Raymond L.
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Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2001]

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xv, 416 pages ; 25 cm
Preface : why this memoir? -- The Cold War begins : the formative years, 1945-50 -- The view from a think tank : Soviet affairs expert at RAND -- The thaw : observing the Soviet Union after Stalin -- CIA and intelligence analysis and estimates -- "Foreign affairs adviser" at the Pentagon -- Intelligence excursions in the Soviet Union -- The espionage game -- Department of State : the Kennedy years (I) -- Department of State : the Kennedy years (II) -- The Cuban Missile Crisis : turning point of the Cold War -- Department of State : the Johnson years -- The diplomacy of East-West relations -- Negotiating on strategic arms : SALT and the ABM Treaty -- Developing détente in U.S.-Soviet relations -- Inspecting the American conduct of foreign relations -- Ambassador to Bulgaria -- The decline and collapse of the détente of the 1970s -- Witness to the Cold War endgame : 1980-90 -- Reflections on the Cold War -- Epilogue : a personal reminiscence.
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In this memoir, Ambassador Ray Garthoff paints a dynamic diplomatic history of the cold war, tracing the life of the conflict from the vantage points of an observant insider. His intellectually formative years coincided with the earliest days of the cold war, and during his forty-year career, Garthoff participated in some of the most important policymaking of the twentieth century: * In the late 1950s he carried out pioneering research on Soviet military affairs at the Rand Corporation. * During his four-year tenure at the CIA (1957-61), in addition to drafting national intellingence estimates, Garthoff made trips to the Soviet Union with Vice President Richard Nixon and as an interpreter for a delegation from the Atomic Energy Commission. * As a special assistant in the State Department, Garthoff worked with Secretary Dean Rusk., and he was directly involved in the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Later he served as executive officer and senior State Department adviser for the strategic arms limitation talks (SALT) delegation. * In the 1970s he served as a senior Foreign Service inspector, leading missions to a number of countries around the globe. * As U.S. Ambassador to Bulgaria (1977-79), Garthoff gained first-hand knowledge of the workings of a communist state and of the Soviet bloc. * In the 1980s, Garthoff wrote two major studies of American-Soviet relations. He traveled to the Soviet Union nearly a dozen times in the final decade of the cold war, and in the early 1990s he had access to the former Soviet Communist Party archives in Moscow. Garthoff¡'s journey through the Cold War informs the views, positions, and actions of the past. His anecdotes and observations will be of great value to those anticipating the challenges of reevaluating American post-cold war security policy.

Author Notes

Raymond L. Garthoff is a retired senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution.

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Memoirs of diplomats and policy makers are usually interesting and hold the reader's attention, and A Journey through the Cold War is no exception. Garthoff, who worked in the CIA's Office of National Estimates, the Department of Defense's International Security Affairs office, and the State Department's Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs as prime adviser on the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) and served as ambassador to Bulgaria, has written widely on Soviet affairs for many years. His Detente and Confrontation: American-Soviet Relations from Nixon to Reagan (CH, Dec'85) is regarded as the definitive work on that period of the Cold War. Born in Cairo, educated in international affairs at Princeton and then at Yale, married to a Russian (who grew up in Latvia and came to the US with her family just after WW II broke out), Garthoff was an early and eager student of Soviet affairs, who began his career in 1950 at the RAND Corporation, the country's premier think tank on military strategic thinking, deterrence theory, and game theory, among other topics. His memoirs provide informative, thoughtful, and delightful reading. Highly recommended for general readers, upper-division undergraduates and graduate students, researchers, faculty, and professionals. J. S. Zacek Union College (NY)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preface: Why This Memoir?p. xi
1 The Cold War Begins: The Formative Years, 1945-50p. 1
2 The View from a Think Tank: Soviet Affairs Expert at RANDp. 9
3 The Thaw: Observing the Soviet Union After Stalinp. 24
4 CIA and Intelligence Analysis and Estimatesp. 39
5 "Foreign Affairs Adviser" at the Pentagonp. 61
6 Intelligence Excursions in the Soviet Unionp. 72
7 The Espionage Gamep. 100
8 Department of State: The Kennedy Years (I)p. 120
9 Department of State: The Kennedy Years (II)p. 143
10 The Cuban Missile Crisis: Turning Point of the Cold Warp. 168
11 Department of State: The Johnson Yearsp. 188
12 The Diplomacy of East-West Relationsp. 220
13 Negotiating on Strategic Arms: SALT and the ABM Treatyp. 243
14 Developing Detente in U.S.-Soviet Relationsp. 277
15 Inspecting the American Conduct of Foreign Relationsp. 292
16 Ambassador to Bulgariap. 302
17 The Decline and Collapse of the Detente of the 1970sp. 325
18 Witness to the Cold War Endgame: 1980-90p. 337
19 Reflections on the Cold Warp. 374
Epilogue: A Personal Reminiscencep. 396
Indexp. 401