The authors express their sincere gratitude to all those who assisted by providing the invaluable research material and information that made it possible for us to document the episodes detailed in this book. The authors especially want to note the excellent job done by Dmitri Trenin--himself a participant in the START negotiations--in his translation of portions of this book into English before he was called to abroad. Our special thanks also go to our American editor, Dr. Gregory Varhall--an American participant and our "opposite number" at the Nuclear and Space Talks negotiations in Geneva--for his stalwart efforts in ensuring factuality, even in the face of sometimes differing interpretations, and his dogged persistence in getting us to tell "the whole story."
There are those, especially in the West, who would argue that even this book--unique as it is for this time (in the mid-1990s)--does not tell "the whole story." We agree with them, but this volume is unique precisely because it is a beginning. If nothing else, we hope that its major contribution is the recording and memorialization of the efforts of a small and dedicated group of "arms controllers." The book (if it has achieve its objectives) not only outlines the Soviet arms control decision-making process for the first time, it also humanizes it. The arms controllers--Soviet as well as American--have made the world a safer place, and they deserve credit for their accomplishment.
We would be seriously negligent if we were not to express our appreciation to U.S. Ambassador Paul H. Nitze for his reviewing and providing a foreword to this volume.