Trust But Verify
Reagan, Russia and me
a personal memoir by Suzanne Massie
An exciting book
available now!
from the Author of Land of the Firebird
“She is the greatest student I know of the Russian people.”
- Ronald Reagan diary, May 20, 1986
For the first time, Suzanne Massie, the “woman who ended the Cold War,” shares the inside story of her interactions with Ronald Reagan that led to the transformation of America’s relationship with its most dangerous adversary.

Reagan turned to Massie for her advice and carried her suggestions — including the now famous Russian proverb — “trust but verify” — into his meetings with the new Russian leader.

With fast-paced writing, an eye for detail, and a sense of humor, this gripping, inspiring memoir tells the story of how one person’s passion and insight against all odds and expectations, can help change the course of history.


“Following the adventures of Suzanne Massie through the corridors of Washington is reminiscent of the scriptural passage from Matthew 10:16 that reads: ‘Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’

As Russia and the United States approach the brink of a nuclear war, coincidences dramatically open doors for Suzanne and, albeit with no personal political credentials, she finds herself in a fascinating series of intimate meetings with a cautious President, his protective wife, and an often reluctant and mean-spirited administration.

The detailed descriptions of these events and her intense encounters with the CIA, the KGB, and the powerful leaders of both countries show just how wildly the pendulum of global unrest was swinging during the era of the Cold War. And how, at this pivotal time, a woman of peace, guided by her faith and personal conviction, was able to reveal to the President of the United States the vital difference between the Russian people she had grown to love and their cold, uncaring and ideologic Soviet governmental counterparts.

Her dedication is inspiring, the stakes are life-threatening, and the results world-changing. One of the rare non-fiction, non-stop page turners!”

Noel Paul Stookey

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Suzanne Massie, author, lecturer, consultant, is recognized in both the US and Russia as a leading authority about the Russian people and their culture. Four of her five best-selling books address Russia’s cultural history and are used in both countries. Daughter of a Swiss diplomat, born in New York, she graduated from Vassar and has lived in Maine since 1992.

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Publisher: Maine Authors Publishing
Hardbound, 6″ x 9″ $36.95
Trade paperback, 6″ x 9″ $24.95
394 pages including 16 color pagesTo order this book, contact:
HeartTree Press
P.O. Box 1417
Blue Hill, Maine 04614
Tel: (207) 374-5748
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Email: info@trustbutverifybook.com