A new book, “The Kremlinologist” by Jenny Thompson and Sherry Thompson will be the topic for the March Authors Speak lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at Fuller Lodge.
The authors are the daughters of the subject of this biography, “The Kremlinologist – Llewellyn E. Thompson, America’s Man in Cold War Moscow,” and spent eight years of their childhood in Moscow. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, the book traces the life of their father from boyhood in rural Colorado and New Mexico to U.S. ambassador to the USSR to presidential advisor on Soviet affairs. The book talk and authors’ appearance is brought to you by the Los Alamos County Library System and the Los Alamos Historical Society.
Jenny Thompson is the owner and director of an English-Language school in Spain. Before she retired, Sherry Thompson was the director of a nonprofit and she now lives in Santa Fe. What started as a private exploration into their family’s history, filled with anecdotes and documents from their family archives, evolved into a heavily researched and complex portrait of the man who would go on to become American’s diplomatic connection to Nikita Khrushchev and serve on John F. Kennedy’s Executive Committee of the National Security Council during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Thompson is most known for his role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, but he also worked hard to develop the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, participated in the SALT talks and served as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs.
“The Historical Society is thrilled to partner with the Library in bringing these authors to Los Alamos,” said Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan. “The stories of the Cold War and its impacts on today are still being written. With the continued turmoil in world events – and especially those surrounding Russia – we see a keen interest from visitors to the History Museum’s Cold War galleries. This book will shed light on current world issues, and I can’t wait to read it!”
The Library offers a series of author talks, one each month, generally on the fourth Thursday of the month, thanks to Friends of the Los Alamos County Libraries. Note the special date, place and time of this presentation.
The authors also can be heard on KRSN radio March 28 during the morning commute, and at Collected Works in Santa Fe the evening of March 28. Books will be available for sale at the event thanks to the History Museum Gift Shop.