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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Not just the above-mentioned excessively biographical approach, but for example it does not actually cover all of the Souk War; Leffler describes it as covering five pivotal “episodes” in it, but in practice this means it is an all-out political history of US-Soviet relations during the Cold War, but with the odd aspect of relatively excluding Nixon and Ford.

Sep 09, J. What really comes out from reading this book, is how much the actual leaders themselves were really, really interested and to varying degrees invested in trying to end the Cold War, even before it began. Lists with This Book.

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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. The worst part of the book was during the conclusion. Commendable is the way in which he acknowledges the role of important leaders that were not the head of government, like Molotov, Mikoyan, Gromyko, etc.


In this section, he describes what the real reason for the Cold War was. Like Gaddis, this book focuses strictly on the relationship between the U.

Leffler is one of America’s most distinguished cold war historians, and this enlightening, readable study is the product of years of research and reflection. He lives in Charlottesville. Excellent work that explores the fine line between human agency and contingency as it related to key events throughout the Cold War. Pretty much all Cold War-era politicians, the ones that mattered, Soviet and American, were pieces of shit.

Showing of 3 reviews. How did that happen? Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Perfect for the History buff and those who hunger for infromation and Historical content.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Dick Combs Limited preview – This is, in short, the best book anyone has yet lefgler on the United States and the origins of the Cold War.

Sent from and sold by Amazon. Get to Know Us. Leffler strikes me as a moderate leaning toward some conserative views and is at some points evident in his writing. Credit offered by NewDay Ltd, over 18s only, subject to status. 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.


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

Nothing ground-breaking in the book, perhaps, but still an excellent review of the events between and The title drew me in and I am glad that it did. Dec 03, Jason rated it really liked it. Account Options Sign in.

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Return to Book Page. Hardcoverpages. The capsule biographies were good, especially the one of Stalin. What had caused the cold war in the first place, and why did it last as long as it did?

To ask other readers questions about For the Soul of Mankindplease sign up. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs. It was grey as hell.

Jul 16, Squeemu rated it really liked it Shelves: The distinguished historian Melvyn P. The US wanted to protect the “American way of life” and dominate global resources. Open Preview See a Problem? Ideology was at the heart of the Cold War.