From Cold War to Hot Peace: The Inside Story of Russia and America

From Cold War to Hot Peace: The Inside Story of Russia and America

From one of America?s leading scholars of Russia who served as U.S. ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration, a revelatory, inside account of U.S.-Russia relations from 1989 to the present In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating hear From one of America?s leading scholars of Russia who served as U.S. ambassador to Russia during the Obama adminis...

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Title:From Cold War to Hot Peace: The Inside Story of Russia and America
Author:Michael McFaul
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Genres:Politics
ISBN:0544716248
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:496 pages pages

From Cold War to Hot Peace: The Inside Story of Russia and America Reviews

  • Ian
    Jan 31, 2018
    This is a great perspective on U.S. interest/involvement in Russian democracy. Chronicles individual Americans' role in the fall of the Soviet Union/brief flirtation with Russian democracy and the authoritarian rise of Putin. Spotlights the failure of the United States in funding a pea...
  • John
    Jan 22, 2019
    Disclaimer: I am a Stanford University alumnus and have heard Ambassador McFaul speak as a panelist with other Hoover Institution stalwarts like Larry Diamond, Francis Fukuyama and James Mattis on several occasions . McFaul writes fondly about his undergraduate days and teaching career...
  • Charles
    Sep 13, 2018
    Hot Peace This book is part personal memoir, and contemporary history. It covers a period during time that Micheal McFaul was the Ambassador of the United States to the Russian Federation. In addition, he recounts his life studying the rich culture and complicated political history...
  • Patricia
    Aug 09, 2018
    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...
  • Tanya
    Jan 10, 2019
    Michael McFaul might be one of the most qualified people in America to teach about Russian-American relations. He has spent his academic career (he's a political science professor at Stanford) studying emerging democracies, with an emphasis on Russia. He has lived around 5 years within...
  • Misfit
    May 19, 2018
    3.5 stars This is a hard book for me to review. It is well written, albeit it somewhat overly chatty at times (for my tastes), and I confess to skimming quite a bit of the first half where the author discusses his younger back-history and how his life led him to Russia and eventuall...
  • Seana
    Jan 20, 2019
    I bought this book originally because at the time of its publication, Vladimir Putin had just suggested that Trump send McFaul over to Russia to be interrogated and Trump didn't immediately denounce this outrageous and frightening idea. I thought buying the book would be a good way to ...
  • David
    Sep 10, 2018
    You won't need me for a summary of this book. Goodreads provides a sufficient overview of its basic contents. Instead, I'll give my general thoughts. For someone like myself (whoever that might be), I find this memoir invaluable. Even though I work as office staff in a political sc...
  • Trish
    Jul 23, 2018
    I guess one doesn?t get to be ambassador to a nation important to our security concerns by being a shrinking violet. McFaul clearly is not that. Right from the start he admits that he sometimes mixed his academic concerns with activism. He thought the moment for the Russia?s transi...
  • John  Hill
    Dec 11, 2018
    This was a fantastic look into Russia-U.S. relations, especially during the Obama years. Dr. McFaul is an excellent source of insider information, and despite this being his first non-academic book, he did a fantastic job at making this complicated history and policy approachable t...
  • Lynn
    Jun 23, 2018
    McFaul was Ambassador to Russia during the Obama Administration. Mostly with Secretary Hillary Clinton. He left shortly after John Kerry began. McFaul was dedicated to Russian democracy and was chosen for the ?reset? era. While trying to jump start Russian democracy by appealing to...
  • Scott Martin
    Feb 08, 2019
    (Audiobook) This memoir details the experiences of Michael McFaul, the former US Ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration. He studied Russia since college and has extensive involvement with the country. This book offered a first person account of Russia, especially as it at...
  • Karen
    May 13, 2018
    This is a fascinating read (mainly) about McFaul's experiences as part of the Obama White House and as U.S. Ambassador to Russia. It's richly detailed -- you'll feel like you're there. Recommended. ...
  • Brian
    Jun 03, 2018
    From Cold War to Hot Peace looks at the evolution of US and Russian relations from the perspective of former Obama NSC staffer and Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. McFaul has spent most of his life working for closer cooperation with Russia from his early days as an activist on the...
  • Marianne
    Jul 18, 2018
    A VERY biased opinion by a former community organizer appointed Ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration. It definitely turned me off ... I was looking for more straight facts, not his political viewpoint. ...
  • Lynn
    Aug 15, 2018
    McFaul's remarkable book is a combination of firsthand world history and autobiography. Surely no one is better informed regarding the realities of what have happened in the domain of US-Russian relations from pre-Gorbachev to the current day than Michael McFaul. Not that I'm that much...
  • Harry Allagree
    Aug 08, 2018
    My motivation for reading this book was the fact that I've seen Michael McFaul as a guest commentator on MSNBC numerous times, & have been impressed by his articulate & wise observations about the Russian influence on Trump & his campaign, etc. McFaul is a superb intellectu...
  • Sonya Heaney
    Jul 20, 2018
    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...
  • Jeff
    Aug 23, 2018
    Quite simply, this is a spectacular book. It's an excellent accounting of modern Russian history, and it's a memoir with very well chosen stories about Ambassador McFaul's interaction with the Putin regime that are both entertaining and revealing. It's exceedingly well written, and you...
  • Steven Z.
    May 25, 2018
    Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul has chosen a crucial moment in our relationship with Moscow to write his part memoir, narrative history, and analysis of what has transpired over the last twenty-five years between the United States and Russia. Today, it appears that relations...
  • Rachel Brune
    Jun 12, 2018
    An excellent, in-depth, insightful journey through the past few decades of American-Russian interaction by a man, academic and Russophile, who had a front seat for events from glasnost to Reset and beyond. I highly recommend this blend of memoir, history, and political science narrativ...
  • Joan Kerr
    Nov 19, 2018
    If you follow the Trump reality show, you might remember that at the recent love-in in Helsinki Vladimir Putin suggested that he could be willing to extradite the Russians indicted (unjustly) for interfering in the US election if Trump sent some American bad guys to Russia to answer fo...
  • P.S. Winn
    Jul 18, 2018
    The author knows his stuff. Being an ambassador to Russia and dealing with that countries atrocities is no easy job. The author takes readers behind the scenes in an amazing look at the Russian and American relationship. This book is important to read now that the American President is...
  • David Mclaughlin
    Feb 21, 2019
    Fascinating account of US-Russian relations over the past 30 years from the perspective of someone who helped shape it. In the course of this narrative Ambassador McFaul provides his own personal perspective of efforts to help promote Russian democracy & Russian integration int...
  • Bradley
    Feb 13, 2019
    Part memoir, part analysis, McFaul recalls his life and career dealing with Russia, both as an admirer and as a diplomat. Before the Soviet Union collapsed, McFaul lived in Russia and work with various NGOs designed to increase democratic principles in the region. The was because McFau...
  • M
    Oct 29, 2018
    Well, he certainly has a lot to say. The book is written in a fairly engaging style and was a pleasant read. I think my main gripe with this book is with the author rather than with the book itself. However, the whole text is so laced with his value judgements and voice that that repre...
  • Matthew
    Jul 25, 2018
    Michael McFaul's book offers a behind the scenes look at his service as a US ambassador in Russia, his work in the White House before -- developing the Reset of US-Russia ties, his work on the Obama campaign, and even some tales of his early days in Montana and time spent in the Soviet...
  • Peter S
    Aug 23, 2018
    I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a truly unique perspective into modern US-Russia relations. Michael McFaul is not only one of the leading academics on Russia and the former Soviet Union but also served on the NSC and then as the US-ambassador to Russia. The most apt ...
  • Michael Kareev
    Jul 14, 2018
    Professor Michael McFaul is the leading specialist on Russia and topics of democracy. In this book, he accurately selects words when talking about both but it is still hard to hide his disillusionment not only with Vladimir Putin (feels that the author never entrusted the Russian presi...
  • Maria Ivanteeva
    Aug 18, 2018
    Page turner! ...