This is a masterful account of the Cold War by a distinguished historian in full stride. Leffler focuses on critical turning points when crises, leadership changes, . For the Soul of Mankind has ratings and 17 reviews. The distinguished historian Melvyn P. Leffler homes in on four crucial episodes To the amazement of. Buy For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War by Melvyn P. Leffler (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store.
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Nothing ground-breaking in the book, perhaps, but still an excellent review of the events between and Great book legfler my foreign policy class, covers the Cold War extensively. A Preponderance of Power: His analytical perspective, emphasizing both structure and agency, is illuminating throughout.
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All these leaders glimpsed possibilities for peace, mankknd they allowed ideologies, political pressures, the expectations of allies and clients, the dynamics of the international system, and their own fearful memories to trap them in a cycle of hostility that seemed to have no end.
If i did not know any better, it would seem as if it was brand new. May 03, Joshua rated it did not like it. Leffler avoids the pitfalls of the older revisionism, which blamed the U.
Dec 03, Jason rated it really liked it. Although the book mainly focuses on Presidents and the Kremlin the leaders of soviet Russiait also has some commentary on Winston Churchill and some Secretary of States. He also pays no attention to cultural and social developments, giving the book a very narrow international relations focus. Learn more about Amazon Prime. There was a lot of mutual misunderstanding and over-blown fear-mongering, especially in the US.
This is one of the better books I have read recently and I would recommend it to anyone who likes history or likes to learn. Other editions – View all For the Soul of Mankind: See our Returns Policy. The Cold War ended, finally, when two remarkable men, Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan, were able to recognize what was unfounded in their fears of each other.
Selected pages Title Page. Don’t have a Kindle? His is a story of two nations whose leaders, haunted by very different fears of a recurrent past, at crucial junctures perpetuated the conflict and made it insoluble.
The author appears to have read every national security document that was generated by the White House and the State and War departments. Nicholas Thompson rated it liked it Jul 20, For the Soul of Mankind will appeal to general readers as well as to experts and university students, and will be a standard text in classes dealing with the Cold War.
Jun 21, Todd is currently reading it. Brian Borden rated it really liked it Jul 31, Open Preview See a Problem? What really comes out from reading this book, is how much the actual leaders themselves were really, really interested and to varying degrees invested in trying to end the Cold War, even before it began. Like Gaddis, this book focuses strictly on the relationship between the U.
For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War by Melvyn P. Leffler
Inside the Soviet Alternate Universe: Great man history at its finest. Pages with related products. And meddle in the Third World here and there, for various reasons, sure. Sabota Ideology was at the heart of the Cold War. Oct 14, Caleb rated it really liked it. The book is sophisticated and erudite but also engagingly written and lively.
For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War
The US wanted to protect the “American way of life” and dominate global resources. Leffler homes in on four crucial episodes when American and Soviet Leaders considered modulating, avoiding, or ending hostilities and asks why they failed.
John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs. For Leffler, the Cold War was not inevitable, and it was Gorbachev that ended it. Great overview on the Cold War and the important decisions that occurred during that dangerous 45 year period. All these leaders glimpsed possibilities for peace, yet they allowed ideologies, political pressures, the expectations of allies and clients, the dynamics of the international system, and their own fearful memories to trap them in a cycle of hostility that seemed to have no end.
This is a man,ind of key solu in the Cold War – moments when opportunities presented themselves to reduce tensions or even end the Cold War, but which were missed.
The American Century and Beyond: This is a stupid foundation on which to view one’s strategic, geopolitical aims, for what is a political ideology, communist or capitalist, but some dumb crap someone else that Pretty much all Cold War-era politicians, the ones that mattered, Soviet and American, were pieces of shit. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.
One would also have liked to read more about the role of European leaders, both East and West, in the mankinf and ideological struggle, but perhaps that is too much to include in one book.
Gorby went out on a limb to do what everyone had always talked about: