Nixons Comrades: A Kremlin Note Taker Remembers Andrey Vavilov

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Published: May 28th 2014

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Nixons Comrades: A Kremlin Note Taker Remembers by Andrey Vavilov
May 28th 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 336 pages | ISBN: | 6.24 Mb

Andrey Vavilov looks back on his unique experience at the side of Leonid Brezhnev and Richard Nixon, Cold War rivals who became architects of détente. He offers a private tour of super power summit conferences of the 1970s, where he took notes andMoreAndrey Vavilov looks back on his unique experience at the side of Leonid Brezhnev and Richard Nixon, Cold War rivals who became architects of détente.

He offers a private tour of super power summit conferences of the 1970s, where he took notes and interpreted for Soviet leaders in their secret discussions with Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, and later with Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.“Nixon’s Comrades” draws mainly on the author’s notes, recollections and private sources.

It is a personal view of the gravitational attraction of Nixon’s Imperial Presidency and Brezhnev’s One-Party State. It reveals unpublicized facts about the “special relationship” that Nixon hoped would ensure his political survival. Among them, why Nixon barred American interpreters from sensitive conversations with his “Soviet Comrades” and placed trust on Russian staff- why Nixon and Kissinger concealed Brezhnev’s failing health- what the Soviet leader really thought of both men- and the Kremlin’s miscalculation about Watergate.

An expert in transcribing diplomatic history, Andrey Vavilov suggests that US National Security Council staff continued to tape-record Nixon’s meetings with Soviet leaders after the shutdown of the White House taping system.The description of the tense - but often lighthearted - atmosphere of confidential encounters in the Kremlin and Crimea, Camp David and San Clemente, Geneva, Helsinki and Vienna is a welcome addition to available declassified documents.

The story will help the general reader appreciate the salient points of tough debates on Vietnam, SALT, the Middle East, European security and Jewish emigration. They are the background for the author’s frank portrayal of American and Russian negotiators, including Henry Kissinger and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. The incidents he witnessed add color to the personages encountered during his long diplomatic career.“Nixon’s Comrades” provides a revisionist view of the leaders, in particular Nixon’s method for effectiveness with Brezhnev, his obsession with Russia after resignation, and the effect of the traumatic collapse of the USSR on the Soviet negotiating team.Andrey Vavilov, Ph.D., is a retired Russian diplomat.

His posting included Embassies in Delhi, London and Nairobi, and the UN Secretariat in Geneva, with prime focus on arms control and UN affairs. He published several books in Russia on disarmament and the environment, as well as the negotiating history of the convention to prohibit military use of environmental modification techniques. He was Senior Researcher at the Diplomatic Academy (Moscow) and Consultant with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (Winnipeg). He is married and has a son, and lives in Moscow.



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