The Yankee and the Germanist

In style, appearance and background, the two chief negotiators in Geneva could hardly differ more. At 74, Paul Nitze is one of this country's oldest and most distinguished diplomats. At 45, Yuli Kvitsinsky is young indeed by the gerontocratic standards of Soviet officialdom. Nitze is elegant and urbane, with a glint of mischievous humor in his eye. The slightly pudgy Kvitsinsky is dour, outspoken and openly ambitious. Nitze is an experienced policymaker who had a hand in drafting his negotiating strategy; Kvitsinsky operates with narrow instructions from Moscow.

Massachusetts-born and Harvard-educated, Nitze belongs to the cadre of well-bred Easterners who have helped...

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