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‘The Kremlinologist’ Review: A Starring Role Behind the Scenes

U.S. diplomat Llewellyn Thompson with President John F. Kennedy in 1962. PHOTO: ROBERT KNUDSEN

“The Kremlinologist” is the first book-length biography of Thompson (1904-72). Neither Jenny nor Sherry Thompson, his daughters, is a professional historian, but they have closely researched official records and secondary sources and interviewed experts and eyewitnesses, and they draw on personal anecdotes that illuminate the family life of this formidable diplomat. The result is a readable portrait of a man whose behind-the-scenes role in major events is easy to overlook."

For the complete article, go to The Wall Street Journal link above.