Jack Matlock (1989)
Jack Matlock was a member of the US Foreign Service from 1956 to 1991, during which he served as Ambassador to the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia. His diplomacy offered him a front row seat to the Cold War. Born in Greensboro, NC and educated at Duke University, Matlock first taught Russian language and literature at Dartmouth College from 1953 to 1956 before becoming a diplomat. Matlock was interviewed on March 24, 1989 by Professors of History Warren Lerner and Martin Miller, and Professor of Economics Thomas Naylor. They discuss U.S. and Soviet Union relations in the 1980s, President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev's negotiation tactics, and Matlock's own role as a diplomat throughout the Cold War. The interview was annotated by Julia Wohl.