The Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Taking Gromyko's Measure

The Presidency

Ronald Reagan studied the man in front of him and decided Andrei Gromyko was old, far older in some ways than he looked, older than his 75 years. And more important, Gromyko was talking for a group back in the Kremlin that was even more ancient, and perhaps frozen, in their distrust and loathing of the U.S.

The aging men of the Politburo may have seen Reagan, robust both physically and politically right now, as some kind of threat. Reagan listened and watched Gromyko as he had rarely scrutinized a man before; looking...

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