Title: At Cold War’s End
Author: Benjamin B. Fischer
Fischer, Benjamin B. (1999). At Cold War’s End: U.S. Intelligence on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1989-1991. Washington, DC: Center for the Study of Intelligence, 1999.
Date Posted: January 22, 2014
At Cold War’s End: U.S. Intelligence on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1989-1991. is a look at intelligence gathered at the end of the Cold War. Prepared for a conference on “United States Intelligence and the End of the Cold War.” Contains declassified CIA documents of intelligence on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe covering the years 1989-1991. Includes United States national Intelligence Estimates and other intelligence assessments.
This volume was released for the18-20 November 1999 conference at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service. Fischer has written a masterly Foreword that is worth the price of admission. It is an outstanding summary, capturing a set of momentous and convoluted—almost unexplainable—events. This is a basic source document—a contribution to knowledge.
This collection presents insight as to how the intelligence community kept the White House and upper levels of the national security bureaucracy on notice that strategic changes were coming, and offered reasonable predictions about what directions they would take.” Fischer’s preface is an utmost helpful guide through the documents and at the same time a well written and concise account of U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union and the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.