From Cold War to Hot Peace by Michael McFaul

From Cold War to Hot Peace

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 presentIn 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 heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international r...

Details From Cold War to Hot Peace

TitleFrom Cold War to Hot Peace
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenrePolitics, History, Nonfiction, Cultural, Russia, North American Hi..., American History, Political Science, International Relations

Reviews From Cold War to Hot Peace

  • Steven Z.
    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 between the two countries deteriorates each day as Russian President Vladimir Putin pursues his agenda, and President Donald Trump does nothing about Russian inter...
  • Ian
    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 peace in Russia by supporting its economic reforms after the end of the Cold War. A mistake that has had long term consequences. An evaluation of our Russian foreign p...
  • Misfit
    3.5 starsThis 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 eventually into Obama's administration and ambassador to Russia. It took quite a while to get to that point, and my main interest in reading this was learning more about Putin a...
  • Robin Case
    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did not lose the election because of Russia. Hillary Clinton lost the election because she was untrustworthy, pure plain and simple. Putin did not make Hillary Clinton u...
  • Joseph
    This book gives us the inside view of America's relationship with Russia. The author details his experiences working with both Medvedev and Putin as Russia enters the 21st century. Based on the author's personal experiences as U.S. ambassador, the book was hard to put down. A good starting point for anyone interested in current geopolitics.
  • Anne-Claire Deseilligny
    Pretty interesting read! It’s a good summary of the US’ position on US-Russian relations circa 2008-2016
  • Karen
    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.