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
GenreHistory, Politics, Nonfiction, Cultural, Russia, 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...
  • Rachel Brune
    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 narrative to anyone seeking to understand current events and what has led our two countries to our current Hot Peace.(I also recommend following former ambassador McFaul on...
  • Brian
    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 ground to eventual professorship at Stanford and roles in the Obama administration. Although a political appointee to a post that usually does not get political ap...
  • 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...
  • Lynn
    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 the Russian people and proposing American values. Putin ended up playing hardball with the tactics and Maginsky, Snowden and Crimea. When Obama backed down after s...
  • Tommie Whitener
    This is a great, extremely readable and insightful book. Just the right mix of political facts, historical perspective and description of McFaul's personal experiences. His concluding analysis of the reasons for the present terrible state of Russian American relations is something I'm sure I'll be reviewing in the future, as the continuing saga of a pugnacious Putin-led Russia continues to unfold.
  • 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.
  • Dean
    What the hell happened? A very good thesis of the explanation of Putin's actions from our former Ambassador, Michael McFaul.A must read for anyone interested in the current state of Russian Americans relationship and a prognosis of the future state of the Russian American relationship. Also a must read for Americans like me who love Russia and Russians.
  • Anne-Claire Deseilligny
    Pretty interesting read! It’s a good summary of the US’ position on US-Russian relations circa 2008-2016
  • Mary
    This book in invaluable to understanding the relations between Russia and the U.S. Anyone who comments on today's politics should read it. Great background!
  • Aaron Shields
    Great insight into the 30 year history since the end of the USSR. Time will tell where this relationship with Russia goes, but it won’t go anywhere positive until Putin is out.
  • 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.