For the Soul of Mankind by Melvyn P. Leffler
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For the Soul of Mankind
By Melvyn P. Leffler

For the Soul of Mankind

The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War

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For the Soul of Mankind by Melvyn P. Leffler

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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 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780374531423
ISBN-10: 0374531420
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 53mm)
Pages: 608
Imprint: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publish Date: 19-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Melvyn P. Leffler

Melvyn P. Leffler, Stettinius Professor of American History at the University of Virginia, is the author The Specter of Communism (H&W, 1994) and A Preponderance of Power. He lives in Charlottesville.

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