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"The Russia Hand is easily one of the best memoirs of Presidential diplomacy ever written. With his great command of history, gift of language, sense of detail, and eight years at the center of American foreign policy-making, Strobe Talbott has brought us a fascinating, often surprising account of an historic and pivotal period. The Russia Hand shows us what a complex and impressive achievement it was for the United States to build a lasting relationship with its old enemy of half a century. When historians begin to assess the Presidency of Bill Clinton, this book will be basic and mandatory reading."
"Fascinating and compelling reading — this book is at once a serious political science text and a work of high comedy. Strobe Talbott has given us a marvelous window on a rare moment of important and delicate diplomacy between the United States and Russia and, more important, those two most unlikely partners, Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin."
"A unique document, by turns racy, scholarly, personal, and always of our time. We shall not read its like for a long while. An indispensable and generous contribution to contemporary history."
—John Le Carre
"Strobe Talbott has written a wonderfully rich and revealing account of the turbulent relationship between the U.S. and Russia during the first post-Cold-War years. Colorful, full of surprises and intimate portraits of the key people involved — by the man who was at the center of it all — this book is and will remain essential for any understanding of this critical and even dangerous period."
"A fascinating portrait of diplomacy as it really works (and sometimes doesn't), written with clarity and grace by a wise man."
Posted June 18, 2003
This is a great behind-the-scenes story of how the Clinton administration dealt with Yeltsin and their relationship. Very comprehensive, but at the end, it became almost tedious to read this book. It is very big, and you never thought 8 years dealing with one subject, even if it is mighty Russia, can take up this much space. The reason this book isn't a 5-star is it's size. Mr. Talbott really could have condensed some of the information here, and the amount of facts and the level of informality is a little overwhelming.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.