Comrades Of History

TITLE: AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS

AUTHORS: MICHAEL R. BESCHLOSS AND STROBE TALBOTT

PUBLISHER: LITTLE, BROWN; 498 PAGES; $24.95

THE BOTTOM LINE: An unparalleled glimpse at the making of foreign policy.

Michael R. Beschloss and Strobe Talbott describe in unprecedented detail, replete with private conversations and secret memoranda, three years of negotiations between George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev -- talks that climaxed in the end of the cold war. No one has ever given as complete and compelling an account of the higher reaches of foreign policy -- particularly only a year after the events themselves have concluded.

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