This is a masterful account of the Cold War by a distinguished historian in full stride. Leffler focuses on critical turning points when crises, leadership changes, . For the Soul of Mankind has ratings and 17 reviews. The distinguished historian Melvyn P. Leffler homes in on four crucial episodes To the amazement of. Buy For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War by Melvyn P. Leffler (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store.

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Entertaining and somewhat different more detailed look into the Cold War Dicotomy of the American Soviet interactions over the years from post World War 2 Genesis to the Death and Disolution of the Soviet Emire, it’s puppet states, and to the overall Cold War itself. Start reading For the Soul of Mankind on your Kindle in under a minute. It seems that if one is writing about every other postwar president and leader anyway, one could as well add those too.

Ideology was at the heart of the Cold War.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. He starts with the beginning of the Cold War itself, contending that it might have been avoided if different policies had been employed.

For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War

Sep 09, J. For the Soul of Mankind: Leffler Limited preview – This is one of the better books I have read recently and I would recommend it to anyone who likes history or likes to learn. This is not Red Dawn, people. Concentrating on five critical intervals in the history of Soviet-American rivalry, Melvyn P. Share your thoughts with other customers. See all free Kindle reading apps. Nancy Ueda rated it it was amazing Aug 31, Very readable summary of Cold War that focuses entirely on the leaders of the Soviet Union and United States, arguing that these leaders ideologies were what shaped the conflict and ultimately, due to the efforts of Gorbachev, ended it.

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That the US misunderstood the situation in the USSR as often as the USSR did in the US is clear from this work, as is the fact that both sides were equally willing to be aggressor and interventionist when they felt threatened.

The global standoff mahkind resources and distracted from domestic issues, while continuous interference in regional clashes brought little reward and could potentially spiral out of control.

All these leaders glimpsed possibilities for peace, yet they allowed ideologies, political pressures, the expectations of allies and clients, the dynamics of the international system, and their own fearful memories to trap them in a cycle of hostility that seemed to have no end. Dec 03, Jason rated it really liked it.

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Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. He then illuminates how Reagan, Bush, and, above all, Gorbachev finally extricated themselves from the policies and mind-sets that had imprisoned their predecessors, and were able to reconfigure Soviet-American relations after decades of confrontation. MacmillanSep 18, – History – pages. Either way, it’s still an interesting read.

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Leffler homes in on legfler crucial episodes when American and Soviet Leaders considered modulating, avoiding, or ending hostilities and asks why they failed. Thanks for telling us about the problem. This is a stupid foundation on which to view one’s strategic, geopolitical aims, for what is a political ideology, communist or capitalist, but some dumb crap someone else that Pretty much all Cold War-era politicians, the ones that mattered, Soviet and American, were pieces of shit.


For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War by Melvyn P. Leffler

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Judis, author of The Folly of Empire “Indefatigably researched: To the amazement of the public, pundits, and even the policy-makers themselves, the ideological and political conflict that endangered the world for half a century came to an end in Dick Combs Limited preview – Manlind i did soull know any better, it would seem as if it was brand new.

Very good read, the way its written makes it sound more like a story which makes for an easier read. Jul 02, Craig rated it really liked it Shelves: My only complaint is how the late 50’s and early 70’s are skipped entirely. And meddle in the Third World here and there, for various reasons, sure. Leffler strikes me as a moderate lean This book was an interesting commentary on the cold war.