A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 27, 1980

A Letter From the Publisher

Early this year, Diplomatic Correspondent Strobe Talbott was in the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan, near the Iranian border, assessing Soviet policy in the tumultuous Middle East. A few months later, he was on the other side of Iran, flying over the Persian Gulf in an Omani air force helicopter, watching Iranian warships steaming out of the port city of Bandar Abbas. When border tensions between Iraq and Iran erupted into a full-scale war four weeks ago, Talbott was back at his desk in Washington. But he found that his recent...

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