The Presidency: Locking Eyes at the Top

No single human relationship in this world is as important as that between the President of the United States and the man who leads the Soviet Union. They grope for an understanding of each other through 4,800 miles of political static, at once drawn together by necessity and fascination and held apart by cultural suspicion and government bureaucracy. Their personalities become summaries of nations too vast and complex to understand in the whole.

Government at the top is human analysis. The leaders of the two superpowers try to discern each other's intentions and resolve, hoping to leave impressions of their own...

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