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The Last Superpower Summits

Svetlana Savranskaya
Thomas Blanton

Preface and Acknowledgments

Thomas Blanton et Svetlana Savranskaya

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This book is the culmination of 20 years of research that started in the early 1990s when the Gorbachev Foundation published the Russian-language transcripts of the Reykjavik and Malta summits with Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, respectively. It took years (in the case of Reagan) and decades (in the case of Bush) to get the American transcripts declassified, but along the way, the authors gathered thousands and thousands of pages of the preparatory talks on both sides, the internal policy debates, the recommendations to their bosses by key players ranging from the CIA to the Soviet military-industrial commission, the mid-stream all-nighters by subordinates during the summits, the after-action reports both official and unofficial (as in diaries), and the makings of a truly interactive documentary history of these extraordinary conversations that ended the Cold War.

We call this book “the last superpower summits” not only because there is only one superpower today, but ...

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