A Journey through the Cold War: A Memoir of Containment and Coexistence [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815798521
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 6/23/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • File size: 621 KB

Meet the Author

Raymond L. Garthoff is a guest scholar in the Foreign Policy Studies program at the Brookings Institution. He is the former ambassador to Bulgaria, former Deputy Director of the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, former Executive Officer and Senior Advisor to the SALT I delegation and ABM Treaty negotiations (1969-1973). He also served in the Office of National Estimates at the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface: Why This Memoir?
1 The Cold War Begins: The Formative Years, 1945-50 1
2 The View from a Think Tank: Soviet Affairs Expert at RAND 9
3 The Thaw: Observing the Soviet Union After Stalin 24
4 CIA and Intelligence Analysis and Estimates 39
5 "Foreign Affairs Adviser" at the Pentagon 61
6 Intelligence Excursions in the Soviet Union 72
7 The Espionage Game 100
8 Department of State: The Kennedy Years (I) 120
9 Department of State: The Kennedy Years (II) 143
10 The Cuban Missile Crisis: Turning Point of the Cold War 168
11 Department of State: The Johnson Years 188
12 The Diplomacy of East-West Relations 220
13 Negotiating on Strategic Arms: SALT and the ABM Treaty 243
14 Developing Detente in U.S.-Soviet Relations 220
15 Inspecting the American Conduct of Foreign Relations 292
16 Ambassador to Bulgaria 302
17 The Decline and Collapse of the Detente of the 1970s 325
18 Witness to the Cold War Endgame: 1980-90 337
19 Reflections on the Cold War 374
Epilogue: A Personal Reminiscence 396
Index 401
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