Tales From The Brother Grim

A dour diplomat reflects on Mao's plot and Monroe's charms

For nearly half a century Andrei Gromyko, 78, has been the consummate Soviet diplomat -- dour, emotionless and undeviating from the Communist Party foreign policy line. "Grim Grom," he was called in the West, for his ever gloomy expression, which seldom betrayed what was on his mind. Now Gromyko, who was Foreign Minister for 28 years until taking the mostly ceremonial post of President in 1985, is allowing a rare insight into his thoughts. In Pamyatnoye (Remembrance), a two-volume, 850-page autobiography that is on sale in Moscow, Gromyko describes, among other things, the late Mao Zedong's proposal to use nuclear weapons...

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