Our Man in Moscow: A Diplomat's Reflections on the Soviet Union

By Robert A.D. Ford

© 1989

"The world is large; Russia is great; death is inevitable."

Almost forty years ago Robert A.D. Ford came across this sentence in a Russian school primer. It stays with him today as an example of the Russian psyche, a psyche that Ford is better equipped to explain than most. He is the only Western diplomat to have known and dealt with all the Soviet leaders from the end of the Second World War to the present: Stalin, Krushchev, Brezhnev, Gorbachev. As a poet and translator of Russian poetry, he also had a special entrée into the Soviet literary world. In this memoir he offers a unique perspective on post-war Soviet politics and Russian life.

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  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Robert A.D. Ford is the only Western diplomat to have known and dealt with all the Soviet leaders from the end of the Second World War to the present. In this memoir he offers a unique perspective on post-war Soviet politics and Russian life.

Our Man in Moscow: A Diplomat's Reflections on the Soviet Union

By Robert A.D. Ford

© 1989

"The world is large; Russia is great; death is inevitable."

Almost forty years ago Robert A.D. Ford came across this sentence in a Russian school primer. It stays with him today as an example of the Russian psyche, a psyche that Ford is better equipped to explain than most. He is the only Western diplomat to have known and dealt with all the Soviet leaders from the end of the Second World War to the present: Stalin, Krushchev, Brezhnev, Gorbachev. As a poet and translator of Russian poetry, he also had a special entrée into the Soviet literary world. In this memoir he offers a unique perspective on post-war Soviet politics and Russian life.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews


    "A contribution to Kremlinology of very great value and importance."
    H.S. Ferns
    British Journal of Canadian Studies

    "Immensely important ... A book to read, reflect on and treasure."
    Arnold Edinborough
    Financial Post

    "A first-class account written in straightforward and readily comprehensible prose. The Russia it describes has not yet disappeared and will not for another generation at least."

    J.L. Granatstein
    Canadian Book Review Annual
  • Author Information

    Robert A.D. Ford (1915-1998) was a diplomat and poet. Ford joined the Department of External Affairs in 1940 and in 1946 was second secretary in the Canadian embassy in Moscow, where he spent much of his career in various positions, including ambassador (1964-80). Other postings included Yugoslavia and the United Arab Republic.