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

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Erok
    Jul 09, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an excellent review of the last 20-30 years of US-Russian relations, giving insight and perspective into how we got where we are with the constant difficulties between our nations, from someone with a solid insider view. if you're interested in the power plays, complex relatio...

  • Charles
    Sep 13, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

  • Misfit
    May 19, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • David
    Sep 10, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Lynn
    Jun 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

  • Karen
    May 13, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an excellent review of the last 20-30 years of US-Russian relations, giving insight and perspective into how we got where we are with the constant difficulties between our nations, from someone with a solid insider view. if you're interested in the power plays, complex relatio...

    McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014)....

    This is a timely book, considering the recent meeting between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Michael McFaul was our United States Ambassador to Russia for two years during the Obama Administration. In addition, from his time as a University student from Bozeman, Montana he ...

    I started reading this book because I wanted to understand what it is about this ex ambassador that Putin hates so much that he wanted Trump to hand him over for questioning. What is it that Mr. McFaul thinks about Russia that makes him an enemy of Russia? What I read shocked me. The...

    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...

  • Ali MSK
    Oct 28, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an excellent review of the last 20-30 years of US-Russian relations, giving insight and perspective into how we got where we are with the constant difficulties between our nations, from someone with a solid insider view. if you're interested in the power plays, complex relatio...

    McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014)....

    This is a timely book, considering the recent meeting between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Michael McFaul was our United States Ambassador to Russia for two years during the Obama Administration. In addition, from his time as a University student from Bozeman, Montana he ...

    I started reading this book because I wanted to understand what it is about this ex ambassador that Putin hates so much that he wanted Trump to hand him over for questioning. What is it that Mr. McFaul thinks about Russia that makes him an enemy of Russia? What I read shocked me. The...

    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...

    This book was a great disappointment for me. I had heard this author speak and was quite impressed. He has spent quite a bit of time in Russia. He was listed among the twelve people Russia wanted to question in exchange for allowing us to interrogate twelve of their people we suspected...

    An in-depth look and analysis of the diplomatic efforts to 'reset' relations between Russia and the US in Obama's years by none other than one of the main players of the Obama Administration who helped devise the strategy and later was US Ambassador in Moscow. I had the book on my ...

  • Marianne
    Jul 18, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

  • Alice Harbin
    Aug 25, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an excellent review of the last 20-30 years of US-Russian relations, giving insight and perspective into how we got where we are with the constant difficulties between our nations, from someone with a solid insider view. if you're interested in the power plays, complex relatio...

    McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014)....

    This is a timely book, considering the recent meeting between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Michael McFaul was our United States Ambassador to Russia for two years during the Obama Administration. In addition, from his time as a University student from Bozeman, Montana he ...

    I started reading this book because I wanted to understand what it is about this ex ambassador that Putin hates so much that he wanted Trump to hand him over for questioning. What is it that Mr. McFaul thinks about Russia that makes him an enemy of Russia? What I read shocked me. The...

    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...

    This book was a great disappointment for me. I had heard this author speak and was quite impressed. He has spent quite a bit of time in Russia. He was listed among the twelve people Russia wanted to question in exchange for allowing us to interrogate twelve of their people we suspected...

  • Jeff
    Aug 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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

    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...

    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...

  • Matt Papes
    Jul 17, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an excellent review of the last 20-30 years of US-Russian relations, giving insight and perspective into how we got where we are with the constant difficulties between our nations, from someone with a solid insider view. if you're interested in the power plays, complex relatio...

    McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014)....

    This is a timely book, considering the recent meeting between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Michael McFaul was our United States Ambassador to Russia for two years during the Obama Administration. In addition, from his time as a University student from Bozeman, Montana he ...

    I started reading this book because I wanted to understand what it is about this ex ambassador that Putin hates so much that he wanted Trump to hand him over for questioning. What is it that Mr. McFaul thinks about Russia that makes him an enemy of Russia? What I read shocked me. The...

    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...

    This book was a great disappointment for me. I had heard this author speak and was quite impressed. He has spent quite a bit of time in Russia. He was listed among the twelve people Russia wanted to question in exchange for allowing us to interrogate twelve of their people we suspected...

    An in-depth look and analysis of the diplomatic efforts to 'reset' relations between Russia and the US in Obama's years by none other than one of the main players of the Obama Administration who helped devise the strategy and later was US Ambassador in Moscow. I had the book on my ...

    Michael McFaul spent literally his entire career trying to engage Russia and bring our 2 nations together ever since graduating from Stanford. He was the architect of Obama's reset. He takes us through the successes and the ultimate failure of his career aspiration, eventually ending t...

  • Rachel Brune
    Jun 12, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Maureen
    Sep 16, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an excellent review of the last 20-30 years of US-Russian relations, giving insight and perspective into how we got where we are with the constant difficulties between our nations, from someone with a solid insider view. if you're interested in the power plays, complex relatio...

    McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014)....

  • P.S. Winn
    Jul 18, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Caroline Baisley
    Aug 19, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an excellent review of the last 20-30 years of US-Russian relations, giving insight and perspective into how we got where we are with the constant difficulties between our nations, from someone with a solid insider view. if you're interested in the power plays, complex relatio...

    McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014)....

    This is a timely book, considering the recent meeting between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Michael McFaul was our United States Ambassador to Russia for two years during the Obama Administration. In addition, from his time as a University student from Bozeman, Montana he ...

    I started reading this book because I wanted to understand what it is about this ex ambassador that Putin hates so much that he wanted Trump to hand him over for questioning. What is it that Mr. McFaul thinks about Russia that makes him an enemy of Russia? What I read shocked me. The...

    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...

    This book was a great disappointment for me. I had heard this author speak and was quite impressed. He has spent quite a bit of time in Russia. He was listed among the twelve people Russia wanted to question in exchange for allowing us to interrogate twelve of their people we suspected...

    An in-depth look and analysis of the diplomatic efforts to 'reset' relations between Russia and the US in Obama's years by none other than one of the main players of the Obama Administration who helped devise the strategy and later was US Ambassador in Moscow. I had the book on my ...

    Michael McFaul spent literally his entire career trying to engage Russia and bring our 2 nations together ever since graduating from Stanford. He was the architect of Obama's reset. He takes us through the successes and the ultimate failure of his career aspiration, eventually ending t...

    This book leans toward the academic. The biggest problem I had with it was the deletion of basic concepts and the goals the author sets forth as the basis of his public service. I have to admit that I baled out on the conclusion after about 10 pages. The problem was not technical infor...

  • Joseph J.
    Aug 03, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an excellent review of the last 20-30 years of US-Russian relations, giving insight and perspective into how we got where we are with the constant difficulties between our nations, from someone with a solid insider view. if you're interested in the power plays, complex relatio...

    McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014)....

    This is a timely book, considering the recent meeting between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Michael McFaul was our United States Ambassador to Russia for two years during the Obama Administration. In addition, from his time as a University student from Bozeman, Montana he ...

  • M
    Oct 29, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Lee Candilin
    Aug 16, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    This was an excellent review of the last 20-30 years of US-Russian relations, giving insight and perspective into how we got where we are with the constant difficulties between our nations, from someone with a solid insider view. if you're interested in the power plays, complex relatio...

    McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014)....

    This is a timely book, considering the recent meeting between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Michael McFaul was our United States Ambassador to Russia for two years during the Obama Administration. In addition, from his time as a University student from Bozeman, Montana he ...

    I started reading this book because I wanted to understand what it is about this ex ambassador that Putin hates so much that he wanted Trump to hand him over for questioning. What is it that Mr. McFaul thinks about Russia that makes him an enemy of Russia? What I read shocked me. The...

  • Michael Kareev
    Jul 14, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...

    Excellent reference and background information on the US relationship with Russia. Michael McFaul?s experience and perspective make him a national treasure. ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    I've been meaning to read this. The latest garbage with Trump and Putin just reminded me to add it here. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    Page turner! ...