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The Kremlinologist : Llewellyn E Thompson : America's man in Cold War Moscow / Jenny Thompson and Sherry Thompson.

Author/Creator:
Thompson, Jenny, 1949- author.
Publication:
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2018]
Series:
Johns Hopkins nuclear history and contemporary affairs
Format/Description:
Book
xi, 587 pages ; 26 cm.
Subjects:
Thompson, Llewellyn, 1904-1972.
Cold War (1945-1989)
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1989.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union.
Ambassadors -- United States -- Biography.
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Cold War -- Diplomatic history.
Diplomats -- United States -- Biography.
World politics -- 1945-1989.
Ambassadors.
Diplomacy
Diplomatic relations.
Diplomats.
World politics
Soviet Union
United States
Form/Genre:
Biography.
Summary:
"The Kremlinologist chronicles major events of the Cold War through the prism of the life of one of its top diplomats, Llewellyn Thompson. His life went from the wilds of the American West to the inner sanctums of the White House and the Kremlin. As the ambassador to Moscow, he became an important advisor to presidents and a key participant in major twentieth-century events, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Yet, unlike his contemporaries McGeorge Bundy and George C. Marshall--who considered Thompson one of the most crucial actors in the Cold War and the "unsung hero" of the Cuban Missile Crisis--he has not been the subject of a major biography until now. Thompson's daughters Jenny Thompson Vukacic and Sherry Thompson set out to document their father's life as thoroughly as possible. Relying on primary sources and interviews, they received generous assistance from archivists, historians, and colleagues of their father. They also acquired documents and information from Russian archives, including the KGB archives. As family, they had unprecedented access to his FBI dossier, State Department personnel files, family archives, letters, diaries, speeches, and documents. Their original research brings new material to light including important information on the U-2, Kennan's containment policy, and Thompson's role in US covert operations machinery. The book refutes historical misinterpretations of events in the Berlin Crisis, the Austrian State Treaty, and the Cuban Missile Crisis."--Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Expectations & education
Beginning
Into the world
To Moscow
The siege of Moscow
The Germans in retreat
Conferences
The hot war ends and the Cold War begins
Truman Doctrine
Birth of covert operations
Overseas again
Negotiations
Chief of mission
Trieste negotiations
Austrian State Treaty Negotiations
Open skies closed borders
Diplomacy
Khrushchev's decade 1953-64
Moscow 2
Khrushchev's first gamble: berlin poker
Dueling exhibitions
The Russian is coming
U-2: the end of detente
Picking up the pieces
Working for the new President
Meeting in Vienna
22nd Party Congress
Up the down escalator
Goodbye Moscow hello Washington
Thirteen days in October
The Limited Test Ban
Policy
The Johnson years
Strand one: Vietnam
Thompson's Vietnam (1963-1967)
Strand two: Nonproliferation (1963-1967)
Strand three: The road to SALT (1963-1967)
Moscow 3
The Six Day War: hotline diplomacy
Glassboro: The summit that wasn't (June 23-25)
1968: Year of frustrated promise
"Retirement" so to speak.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Thompson, Sherry, 1954- author.
ISBN:
9781421424095
9781421424545
9781421424101
1421424096
1421424541
142142410X
OCLC:
1005760137
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