From the Publisher: Jun 26 1989

Readers of book reviews (or at least the best-seller lists) know by now that the most popular novel of the moment is John le Carre's new -- and some say best -- spy thriller The Russia House, whose typically complex plot deals with the U.S.-Soviet nuclear arms race. A subject like that, of course, requires accuracy and special attention to detail. How does Le Carre get his information about so arcane a field? Readers of the author's acknowledgments in The Russia House know the answer: Le Carre relied on a first-class expert, Strobe Talbott, TIME's Washington bureau chief and himself the...

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