The Kremlinologist: Llewellyn E Thompson, America's Man in Cold War Moscow (Johns Hopkins Nuclear History and Contemporary Affairs)

The Kremlinologist: Llewellyn E Thompson, America's Man in Cold War Moscow (Johns Hopkins Nuclear History and Contemporary Affairs)

By: Jenny Thompson (author), Sherry Thompson (author)Paperback

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Against the sprawling backdrop of the Cold War, The Kremlinologist revisits some of the twentieth century's greatest conflicts as seen through the eyes of its hardest working diplomat, Llewellyn E Thompson. From the wilds of the American West to the inner sanctums of the White House and the Kremlin, Thompson became an important advisor to presidents and a key participant in major global events, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. Yet unlike his contemporaries Robert S. McNamara and Dean Rusk, who considered Thompson one of the most crucial Cold War actors 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 and Sherry Thompson skillfully and thoroughly document his life as an accomplished career diplomat. In vigorous prose, they describe how Thompson joined the Foreign Service both to feed his desire for adventure and from a deep sense of duty. They also detail the crucial role he played as a negotiator unafraid of compromise. Known in the State Department as "Mr. Tightlips," Thompson was the epitome of discretion. People from completely opposite ends of the political spectrum lauded his approach to diplomacy and claimed him as their own. Refuting historical misinterpretations of the Berlin Crisis, the Austrian State Treaty, and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Thompsons tell their father's fascinating story. With unprecedented access to Thompson's FBI dossier, State Department personnel files, letters, diaries, speeches, and documents, and relying on probing interviews and generous assistance from American and Russian archivists, historians, and government officials, the authors bring new material to light, including important information on the U-2, Kennan's containment policy, and Thompson's role in US covert operations machinery. This unique and monumental biography not only restores a central figure to history, it makes the crucial events he shaped accessible to a broader readership and gives contemporary readers a backdrop for understanding the fraught United StatesRussia relationship that still exists today.

About Author

Jenny Thompson runs an English-language school in Estepona, Spain. Before she retired, Sherry Thompson was the director of a nonprofit foundation. The authors, daughters of Llewellyn E Thompson, spent eight years of their childhood in Moscow.


AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I1. The Beginning2. Into the World3. To Moscow4. The Siege of Moscow5. The Germans in Retreat6. Conferences7. The Hot War Ends and the Cold War Begins8. The Truman Doctrine9. The Birth of Covert Operations10. Overseas AgainPart II11. Chief of Mission12. The Trieste Negotiations13. The Austrian State Treaty Negotiations14. Open Skies, Closed BordersPart III15. Khrushchev's Decade (1953-1964)16. Moscow 217. Khrushchev's First Gamble: Berlin Poker18. Dueling Exhibitions19. The Russian Is Coming20. U-2: The End of Detente21. Picking Up the Pieces22. Working for the New President23. Meeting in Vienna24. The Twenty-Second Congress of the Communist Party25. Up the Down Escalator26. Goodbye Moscow, Hello Washington27. Thirteen Days in October28. Limited Test BanPart IV29. The Lyndon Johnson Years30. Strand One31. Thompson's Vietnam32. Strand Two33. Strand Three34. Moscow 335. The Six-Day War36. Glassboro37. 196838. "Retirement," So to SpeakNotesBibliographyIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9781421424545
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 600
  • ID: 9781421424545
  • weight: 907
  • ISBN10: 1421424541

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