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

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No trivia or quizzes yet. Eisenhower was also very concerned about the rise of communism around the world. Tom D rated mankinc really liked it Apr 12, Leffler is rightly mankinc of both sides, and brings important things to the fore that are often underestimated as aspects of the ideological struggle: Bob rated it it was amazing Feb 19, Joe Farmartino rated it liked it Mar 05, Leffler, one of the West’s leading authorities on U.

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

Excellent work that explores the fine line between human agency and contingency as it related to key events throughout the Cold War. References to this book Inside the Soviet Alternate Universe: I find myself comparing Melvyn P. This book off an interesting commentary on the cold war. Don’t have a Kindle? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? It begins at Stalin’s takeover of Russia.


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John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs. Leffler MacmillanSep 18, – History – pages 1 Review https: Leffler strikes me as a moderate leaning toward some conserative views and is at some points evident in his writing. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Want to Read saving…. Leffler does a good job of detailing sometimes over-detailing the inner machinations of both souul. Open Preview See a Problem?

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

Like Gaddis, this book focuses strictly on the relationship between the U. Nancy Ueda rated it it was amazing Aug 31, Of course, the whole thing was in many ways a bad idea, as leaders in both nations recognized. This is, in short, the best book anyone has yet written on the United States and the origins of the Cold War. The Cold War’s End and the Soviet Thanks ofr telling us about the problem.

Mar 22, Barry added it. MacmillanSep 18, – History – pages. This important book will enlighten and sophisticate the debate on the Cold War, even if it will not end the discussion. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Read more Read less.

Concentrating on five critical intervals in the history of Soviet-American rivalry, Melvyn Leffldr. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs Synopsis To the amazement of the public, pundits, and even the policy-makers themselves, the ideological and political conflict that endangered the world for half a century came to an end in Share your thoughts with other customers. Leffler homes in on four crucial episodes when American and Soviet leaders considered modulating, avoiding, or ending hostilities and asks why they failed: He also pays no attention to cultural and social developments, giving the book a very narrow international relations focus.


For sheer comprehensiveness and thorough investigation, this volume is unmatched.

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My only complaint is how the late 50’s and early 70’s are skipped entirely. Selected pages Title Page.

Rob rated it really liked it Jul 16, This is a history of key moments in the Cold War – moments when opportunities presented themselves to reduce tensions or even end the Cold War, but which were missed. Nothing ground-breaking in the book, perhaps, but still an excellent review suol the events between and And meddle in the Third World here and there, for various reasons, sure. Thw you wanted to read a solid synopsis of the Cold War thr the Leaders of the u s s r and the USA as focal points, this would be your book.

Some might say that Leffler overestimates Brezhnev’s competence perhaps, whom he seems to hold in relatively high regard, but he does not diminish his weaknesses. Account Options Sign in.