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 heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Barack Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the United States’ policy known as “reset” that fostered new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. And then, as U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency. This riveting inside account combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president. From the first days of McFaul’s ambassadorship, the Kremlin actively sought to discredit and undermine him, hassling him with tactics that included dispatching protesters to his front gates, slandering him on state media, and tightly surveilling him, his staff, and his family.

From Cold War to Hot Peace is an essential account of the most consequential global confrontation of our time.

Title:From Cold War to Hot Peace: The Inside Story of Russia and America
ISBN:9780544716247
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    From Cold War to Hot Peace: The Inside Story of Russia and America Reviews

  • 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 tw...

  • 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 aut...

  • 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 d...

  • 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 be...

  • 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 lif...

  • 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 2...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Anne-Claire Deseilligny

    Pretty interesting read! It’s a good summary of the US’ position on US-Russian relations circa 2008-2016...