Jonathan Sumption

Was Nato expansion worth the risk?

With access to previously classified files, M.E Sarotte analyses the West’s great gamble after the fall of the Berlin wall

Skilful politicians who outmanoeuvred successive Russian leaders: James Baker and Helmut Kohl, January 1991. [Alamy]

This is an important and topical book. Mary Sarotte traces the difficult course of Russia’s relations with Europe and the United States during the decade which followed the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, a period which saw Russia’s brief dalliance with democracy and Nato’s advance to the frontiers of the old Soviet Union.

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