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

  • Sarah Ewald
    Jul 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did n...

    A combination of historical context and the unique perspective of an activist, academic, and government official. Ambassador McFaul is a leading expert on Russia. I share his optimism that ?Russia will one day consolidate democracy and that the United States and Russia will be allies...

    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...

    I could say loosely, that I read this book. I sought this out because I was impressed with the author whenever I saw him on MSNBC. He does say in the beginning of the book that you, the reader, may want to skip some sections. I did. He is very thorough in his knowledge of all things So...

  • sage
    Jul 04, 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did n...

    A combination of historical context and the unique perspective of an activist, academic, and government official. Ambassador McFaul is a leading expert on Russia. I share his optimism that ?Russia will one day consolidate democracy and that the United States and Russia will be allies...

    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...

    I could say loosely, that I read this book. I sought this out because I was impressed with the author whenever I saw him on MSNBC. He does say in the beginning of the book that you, the reader, may want to skip some sections. I did. He is very thorough in his knowledge of all things So...

    Michael McFaul made a lot of mistakes in his ambassadorship and his role in the reset, but as someone academically focused on Russia, I appreciated the how reading this book humanized him more in my eyes. Unlike others in the Obama administration, McFaul was ready to admit things, like...

    This is a great, extremely readable and insightful book. Just the right mix of political facts, historical perspective and description of McFaul's personal experiences. His concluding analysis of the reasons for the present terrible state of Russian American relations is something I'm ...

    This book gives us the inside view of America's relationship with Russia. The author details his experiences working with both Medvedev and Putin as Russia enters the 21st century. Based on the author's personal experiences as U.S. ambassador, the book was hard to put down. A good star...

    4 1/2 stars. Some of the policy wonk years before ambassadorship are kind of a slog to read -- and were probably a slog to live through -- but I found everything on location in Russia totally worth the book as a whole. It's also a solid policy-centric background primer for understan...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did n...

    A combination of historical context and the unique perspective of an activist, academic, and government official. Ambassador McFaul is a leading expert on Russia. I share his optimism that ?Russia will one day consolidate democracy and that the United States and Russia will be allies...

    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...

  • Cletus Van
    Jul 21, 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did n...

    A combination of historical context and the unique perspective of an activist, academic, and government official. Ambassador McFaul is a leading expert on Russia. I share his optimism that ?Russia will one day consolidate democracy and that the United States and Russia will be allies...

    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...

    I could say loosely, that I read this book. I sought this out because I was impressed with the author whenever I saw him on MSNBC. He does say in the beginning of the book that you, the reader, may want to skip some sections. I did. He is very thorough in his knowledge of all things So...

    Michael McFaul made a lot of mistakes in his ambassadorship and his role in the reset, but as someone academically focused on Russia, I appreciated the how reading this book humanized him more in my eyes. Unlike others in the Obama administration, McFaul was ready to admit things, like...

    This is a great, extremely readable and insightful book. Just the right mix of political facts, historical perspective and description of McFaul's personal experiences. His concluding analysis of the reasons for the present terrible state of Russian American relations is something I'm ...

    This book gives us the inside view of America's relationship with Russia. The author details his experiences working with both Medvedev and Putin as Russia enters the 21st century. Based on the author's personal experiences as U.S. ambassador, the book was hard to put down. A good star...

    4 1/2 stars. Some of the policy wonk years before ambassadorship are kind of a slog to read -- and were probably a slog to live through -- but I found everything on location in Russia totally worth the book as a whole. It's also a solid policy-centric background primer for understan...

    What the hell happened? A very good thesis of the explanation of Putin's actions from our former Ambassador, Michael McFaul. A must read for anyone interested in the current state of Russian Americans relationship and a prognosis of the future state of the Russian American relations...

    An honest, self-critical defense of the Reset, its results, and its end. There is hope for Russian-American peace and friendship grounded in democratic values in the long term. In the short term of the Putin era, that just isn't possible. With this, McFaul rightly stresses leaders' age...

    In this current time when Mr. McFaul was being considered (by the executive branch) to be sent back to Russia, I knew I had to read this book. The last 200 pages really gives the reader an inside picture of the delicate balance a diplomat must hold. Highly recommend. ...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

  • Diana
    Jul 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did n...

    A combination of historical context and the unique perspective of an activist, academic, and government official. Ambassador McFaul is a leading expert on Russia. I share his optimism that ?Russia will one day consolidate democracy and that the United States and Russia will be allies...

    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...

    I could say loosely, that I read this book. I sought this out because I was impressed with the author whenever I saw him on MSNBC. He does say in the beginning of the book that you, the reader, may want to skip some sections. I did. He is very thorough in his knowledge of all things So...

    Michael McFaul made a lot of mistakes in his ambassadorship and his role in the reset, but as someone academically focused on Russia, I appreciated the how reading this book humanized him more in my eyes. Unlike others in the Obama administration, McFaul was ready to admit things, like...

    This is a great, extremely readable and insightful book. Just the right mix of political facts, historical perspective and description of McFaul's personal experiences. His concluding analysis of the reasons for the present terrible state of Russian American relations is something I'm ...

    This book gives us the inside view of America's relationship with Russia. The author details his experiences working with both Medvedev and Putin as Russia enters the 21st century. Based on the author's personal experiences as U.S. ambassador, the book was hard to put down. A good star...

    4 1/2 stars. Some of the policy wonk years before ambassadorship are kind of a slog to read -- and were probably a slog to live through -- but I found everything on location in Russia totally worth the book as a whole. It's also a solid policy-centric background primer for understan...

    What the hell happened? A very good thesis of the explanation of Putin's actions from our former Ambassador, Michael McFaul. A must read for anyone interested in the current state of Russian Americans relationship and a prognosis of the future state of the Russian American relations...

    An honest, self-critical defense of the Reset, its results, and its end. There is hope for Russian-American peace and friendship grounded in democratic values in the long term. In the short term of the Putin era, that just isn't possible. With this, McFaul rightly stresses leaders' age...

    In this current time when Mr. McFaul was being considered (by the executive branch) to be sent back to Russia, I knew I had to read this book. The last 200 pages really gives the reader an inside picture of the delicate balance a diplomat must hold. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall I?d give this 3-1/2 stars, close to 4. It was good but long and detailed. It was fascinating to learn what it was like being the Russian ambassador and parts of the history were very interesting but other parts kind of bogged down. Overall a good book. ...

  • Tommie Whitener
    Jun 04, 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did n...

    A combination of historical context and the unique perspective of an activist, academic, and government official. Ambassador McFaul is a leading expert on Russia. I share his optimism that ?Russia will one day consolidate democracy and that the United States and Russia will be allies...

    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...

    I could say loosely, that I read this book. I sought this out because I was impressed with the author whenever I saw him on MSNBC. He does say in the beginning of the book that you, the reader, may want to skip some sections. I did. He is very thorough in his knowledge of all things So...

    Michael McFaul made a lot of mistakes in his ambassadorship and his role in the reset, but as someone academically focused on Russia, I appreciated the how reading this book humanized him more in my eyes. Unlike others in the Obama administration, McFaul was ready to admit things, like...

    This is a great, extremely readable and insightful book. Just the right mix of political facts, historical perspective and description of McFaul's personal experiences. His concluding analysis of the reasons for the present terrible state of Russian American relations is something I'm ...

  • Trevor Carlsen
    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did n...

    A combination of historical context and the unique perspective of an activist, academic, and government official. Ambassador McFaul is a leading expert on Russia. I share his optimism that ?Russia will one day consolidate democracy and that the United States and Russia will be allies...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Dean
    Jun 11, 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did n...

    A combination of historical context and the unique perspective of an activist, academic, and government official. Ambassador McFaul is a leading expert on Russia. I share his optimism that ?Russia will one day consolidate democracy and that the United States and Russia will be allies...

    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...

    I could say loosely, that I read this book. I sought this out because I was impressed with the author whenever I saw him on MSNBC. He does say in the beginning of the book that you, the reader, may want to skip some sections. I did. He is very thorough in his knowledge of all things So...

    Michael McFaul made a lot of mistakes in his ambassadorship and his role in the reset, but as someone academically focused on Russia, I appreciated the how reading this book humanized him more in my eyes. Unlike others in the Obama administration, McFaul was ready to admit things, like...

    This is a great, extremely readable and insightful book. Just the right mix of political facts, historical perspective and description of McFaul's personal experiences. His concluding analysis of the reasons for the present terrible state of Russian American relations is something I'm ...

    This book gives us the inside view of America's relationship with Russia. The author details his experiences working with both Medvedev and Putin as Russia enters the 21st century. Based on the author's personal experiences as U.S. ambassador, the book was hard to put down. A good star...

    4 1/2 stars. Some of the policy wonk years before ambassadorship are kind of a slog to read -- and were probably a slog to live through -- but I found everything on location in Russia totally worth the book as a whole. It's also a solid policy-centric background primer for understan...

    What the hell happened? A very good thesis of the explanation of Putin's actions from our former Ambassador, Michael McFaul. A must read for anyone interested in the current state of Russian Americans relationship and a prognosis of the future state of the Russian American relations...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Robin Case
    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did n...

  • Grant Gardner
    Jul 22, 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did n...

    A combination of historical context and the unique perspective of an activist, academic, and government official. Ambassador McFaul is a leading expert on Russia. I share his optimism that ?Russia will one day consolidate democracy and that the United States and Russia will be allies...

    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...

    I could say loosely, that I read this book. I sought this out because I was impressed with the author whenever I saw him on MSNBC. He does say in the beginning of the book that you, the reader, may want to skip some sections. I did. He is very thorough in his knowledge of all things So...

    Michael McFaul made a lot of mistakes in his ambassadorship and his role in the reset, but as someone academically focused on Russia, I appreciated the how reading this book humanized him more in my eyes. Unlike others in the Obama administration, McFaul was ready to admit things, like...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Damon
    Jul 22, 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did n...

    A combination of historical context and the unique perspective of an activist, academic, and government official. Ambassador McFaul is a leading expert on Russia. I share his optimism that ?Russia will one day consolidate democracy and that the United States and Russia will be allies...

    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...

    I could say loosely, that I read this book. I sought this out because I was impressed with the author whenever I saw him on MSNBC. He does say in the beginning of the book that you, the reader, may want to skip some sections. I did. He is very thorough in his knowledge of all things So...

    Michael McFaul made a lot of mistakes in his ambassadorship and his role in the reset, but as someone academically focused on Russia, I appreciated the how reading this book humanized him more in my eyes. Unlike others in the Obama administration, McFaul was ready to admit things, like...

    This is a great, extremely readable and insightful book. Just the right mix of political facts, historical perspective and description of McFaul's personal experiences. His concluding analysis of the reasons for the present terrible state of Russian American relations is something I'm ...

    This book gives us the inside view of America's relationship with Russia. The author details his experiences working with both Medvedev and Putin as Russia enters the 21st century. Based on the author's personal experiences as U.S. ambassador, the book was hard to put down. A good star...

    4 1/2 stars. Some of the policy wonk years before ambassadorship are kind of a slog to read -- and were probably a slog to live through -- but I found everything on location in Russia totally worth the book as a whole. It's also a solid policy-centric background primer for understan...

    What the hell happened? A very good thesis of the explanation of Putin's actions from our former Ambassador, Michael McFaul. A must read for anyone interested in the current state of Russian Americans relationship and a prognosis of the future state of the Russian American relations...

    An honest, self-critical defense of the Reset, its results, and its end. There is hope for Russian-American peace and friendship grounded in democratic values in the long term. In the short term of the Putin era, that just isn't possible. With this, McFaul rightly stresses leaders' age...

  • Joseph
    May 27, 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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did n...

    A combination of historical context and the unique perspective of an activist, academic, and government official. Ambassador McFaul is a leading expert on Russia. I share his optimism that ?Russia will one day consolidate democracy and that the United States and Russia will be allies...

    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...

    I could say loosely, that I read this book. I sought this out because I was impressed with the author whenever I saw him on MSNBC. He does say in the beginning of the book that you, the reader, may want to skip some sections. I did. He is very thorough in his knowledge of all things So...

    Michael McFaul made a lot of mistakes in his ambassadorship and his role in the reset, but as someone academically focused on Russia, I appreciated the how reading this book humanized him more in my eyes. Unlike others in the Obama administration, McFaul was ready to admit things, like...

    This is a great, extremely readable and insightful book. Just the right mix of political facts, historical perspective and description of McFaul's personal experiences. His concluding analysis of the reasons for the present terrible state of Russian American relations is something I'm ...

    This book gives us the inside view of America's relationship with Russia. The author details his experiences working with both Medvedev and Putin as Russia enters the 21st century. Based on the author's personal experiences as U.S. ambassador, the book was hard to put down. A good star...

  • Anne-Claire Deseilligny
    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Very readable if somewhat weedy account of the author's personal experience in Russia and about Russia including working in and with the Obama White House. -1 star for the last chapter analyzing the 2016 election. The author is an academic and somewhat an elitist. Hillary Clinton did n...

    A combination of historical context and the unique perspective of an activist, academic, and government official. Ambassador McFaul is a leading expert on Russia. I share his optimism that ?Russia will one day consolidate democracy and that the United States and Russia will be allies...

    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...

    I could say loosely, that I read this book. I sought this out because I was impressed with the author whenever I saw him on MSNBC. He does say in the beginning of the book that you, the reader, may want to skip some sections. I did. He is very thorough in his knowledge of all things So...

    Michael McFaul made a lot of mistakes in his ambassadorship and his role in the reset, but as someone academically focused on Russia, I appreciated the how reading this book humanized him more in my eyes. Unlike others in the Obama administration, McFaul was ready to admit things, like...

    This is a great, extremely readable and insightful book. Just the right mix of political facts, historical perspective and description of McFaul's personal experiences. His concluding analysis of the reasons for the present terrible state of Russian American relations is something I'm ...

    This book gives us the inside view of America's relationship with Russia. The author details his experiences working with both Medvedev and Putin as Russia enters the 21st century. Based on the author's personal experiences as U.S. ambassador, the book was hard to put down. A good star...

    4 1/2 stars. Some of the policy wonk years before ambassadorship are kind of a slog to read -- and were probably a slog to live through -- but I found everything on location in Russia totally worth the book as a whole. It's also a solid policy-centric background primer for understan...

    What the hell happened? A very good thesis of the explanation of Putin's actions from our former Ambassador, Michael McFaul. A must read for anyone interested in the current state of Russian Americans relationship and a prognosis of the future state of the Russian American relations...

    An honest, self-critical defense of the Reset, its results, and its end. There is hope for Russian-American peace and friendship grounded in democratic values in the long term. In the short term of the Putin era, that just isn't possible. With this, McFaul rightly stresses leaders' age...

    In this current time when Mr. McFaul was being considered (by the executive branch) to be sent back to Russia, I knew I had to read this book. The last 200 pages really gives the reader an inside picture of the delicate balance a diplomat must hold. Highly recommend. ...

    Overall I?d give this 3-1/2 stars, close to 4. It was good but long and detailed. It was fascinating to learn what it was like being the Russian ambassador and parts of the history were very interesting but other parts kind of bogged down. Overall a good book. ...

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