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

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

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by Melvyn P. Leffler
     
 

"A highly relevant and much-needed historical study . . . One of the best books on the period to have been written." --The Economist

To the amazement of the public, pundits, and even the policymakers themselves, the ideological and political conflict that endangered the world for half a century came to an end in 1990. How did that happen? What had

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"A highly relevant and much-needed historical study . . . One of the best books on the period to have been written." --The Economist

To the amazement of the public, pundits, and even the policymakers themselves, the ideological and political conflict that endangered the world for half a century came to an end in 1990. How did that happen? What had caused the cold war in the first place, and why did it last as long as it did? To answer these questions, Melvyn P. Leffler homes in on four crucial episodes when American and Soviet leaders considered modulating, avoiding, or ending hostilities and asks why they failed. He then illuminates how Reagan, Bush, and, above all, Gorbachev finally extricated themselves from the policies and mind-sets that had imprisoned their predecessors, and were able to reconfigure Soviet-American relations after decades of confrontation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374531423
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
680,891
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
List of Maps     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction     3
The Origins of the Cold War, 1945-48: Stalin and Truman     11
Stalin the Revolutionary     11
Stalin in World War II     20
Truman     37
Stalin and Truman     48
International Anarchy     57
Politics at Home     70
Allies and Clients     75
Ideology, Personality, and the International System     79
The Chance for Peace, 1953-54: Malenkov and Eisenhower     84
Stalin's Death     84
Eisenhower's Response     95
Turmoil in the Kremlin     114
A Chance for Peace?     122
Arms Control, Germany, and Indochina     138
Fear and Power     147
Retreat from Armageddon, 1962-65: Khrushchev, Kennedy, and Johnson     151
At the Brink     151
Khrushchev's Retreat     158
Kennedy Bides His Time     174
Give Peace a Chance     182
Starting Anew and Ending Abruptly     192
Johnson's Agonies and Choices     201
From Armageddon Back to Cold War     224
The Erosion of Detente, 1975-80: Brezhnev and Carter     234
Brezhnev and Detente     234
A New Face in Washington, an Old One in Moscow     259
Clients, Hegemons, and Allies     273
The China Card     288
Iran and Afghanistan     299
The Vienna Summit     311
Nicaragua and Afghanistan     319
The End of Detente     334
The End of the Cold War, 1985-90: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Bush     338
Morning in America     339
Twilight in Moscow     365
Arms Reductions     374
The Troops Come Out     403
New Thinking, Old Thinking     414
The Wall Comes Down     427
Two Countries Become One     439
Gorbachev, Reagan, and Bush     448
Conclusion     451
Notes     469
Bibliography     545
Index     571

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