Professor Richard N. Gardner

Mission Italy

On the Front Lines of the Cold War
By Richard N. Gardner

Global turbulence and political upheaval marked the four tumultuous years of Richard Gardner's ambassadorship to Italy. The kidnapping and murder of Aldo Moro, the failed attempt of the Italian Communist Party to take power, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the seizure of American hostages in Tehran all left their marks upon the rapidly changing political landscape of 1977 to 1981. The culmination of these events resulted in Italy's historic decision to deploy U.S. cruise missiles, which Mikhail Gorbachev identified as a decisive factor in his decision to shift Soviet foreign policy toward genuine disarmament and peaceful cooperation, ultimately signifying the end of the Cold War era.

MISSION ITALY, Richard Gardner's intensely compelling and meticulously detailed memoir, draws on hitherto classified material to offer unique insights into the foreign policy of the Carter administration, portraits of American and Italian leaders, and details of policy differences inside the Carter Administration and between Washington and Gardner's Rome Embassy. Balanced, scrupulous, and compelling, this major contribution to our understanding of crisis diplomacy and the victory of the Western Alliance in the Cold War is invaluable reading for all those interested in the inner workings of U.S. foreign policy, diplomacy, and European politics.

Richard N. Gardner is professor of law and international organization at Columbia Law School and counsel to the global law firm of Morgan Lewis. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Italy from 1977 to 1981 and as U.S. Ambassador to Spain from 1993 to 1997.

September 2005 ~ 320 pages
ISBN 0-7425-3998-9 $29.95 cloth
A Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Book

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Praise for Mission Italy

"I feel I have traveled at Gardner's side through a stirring period of history. That he is able to assemble such detailed recollections has my special admiration and, take my word for it, there is no account of American diplomacy like his."
Henry Graff, professor emeritus of history, Columbia University

"Richard Gardner's memoir of a crucial time in U.S. relations with Italy is both an enthralling story and a significant contribution to the history of the Cold War."
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Pulitzer-prize winning historian

"A much-needed addition to the catalogue of scholarly work on the foreign policy of president Jimmy Carter."
Douglas Brinkley, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Center,
Tulane University

"Mission Italy is a scrupulously honest and thoroughly documented narrative of a critical episode in the history of the Cold War. Rich in anecdotes and revealing details, it can serve as a guidebook for students of diplomacy and aspiring diplomats."
Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor to President Carter

"Richard Gardner's book about his time as ambassador to Italy during my administration is a dramatic, accurate account of one of the most difficult and successful diplomatic missions in the history of the Cold War."
former president Jimmy Carter

"Richard Gardner's account of those years, nourished by his personal records and by previously unpublished documents, helps us to better understand the greatness and smallness of Italian leaders of those times and the role played by the United States on the delicate boundary between an unavoidable active interest and an interference it wished to avoid. Portraits and analyses are presented with great effectiveness."
Giuliano Amato, former Italian prime minister

"An exemplary and fascinating story not only of an American intellectual and scholar in Italy, but also of one of the most complex periods in the political life of our country and of Europe."
Francesco Cossiga, former Italian president and prime minister

"To understand Italian politics fully in that crucial period of Italian history it is indispensable to read Ambassador Gardner's critically important memoir." —Irwin Wall, Relations Internationales