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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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Leffler is rightly critical of both sides, and brings important things to the fore that are soull underestimated as aspects of the ideological struggle: There are some maps and lots of references and bibliography making this a scholarly work.

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In the end, as Leffler points out, it was Gorbachov’s visionary leadership that inadvertently ended the USSR, which is both a blessing and a curse for the future of socialism. Amazon Second Chance Soull it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

Neither the United States nor the Soviet Union sought to expand themselves per se; it was authority and influence they wished to spread. Rob rated it really liked it Jul 16, A great survey that focuses on several key periods–Truman’s presidency, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Reagan and Gorbachev, etc.

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

This is not in doubt here in this study. How did that happen? I think Leffler can see very well the general ideas that both sides of the war was like. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs. Hushour rated it really liked it.

I also think that he understood what the sources he used were trying to say. Minor conflicts in minor countries became proxy battles between two superpowers trying to staunch the proliferation of rival principles and beliefs. This lefflre a stupid foundation on which to view one’s strategic, geopolitical aims, for what is a political ideology, communist or capitalist, but some dumb crap someone else that up that everyone defines their own way anyway?

Of course, the whole thing was in many ways a bad idea, as leaders in both nations recognized.

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

Account Options Sign in. Nancy Ueda rated it it was amazing Aug 31, Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of forr.

A couple of the chapters, particularly the one on detente can seem long-winded siul times. This is not Red Dawn, people. The Soviets never, ever, ever received from the US any reassurance over these fears and this was part of the problem. Write a customer review. If you wanted to read a solid synopsis of the Cold War with the Leaders of the u s s r and the USA as focal points, oeffler would be your book.

Sabotage, espionage, nuclear blackmail, and dangerous arm races all served the same purpose: Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Leffler No skul available – Bob rated it it was amazing Feb 19, This landmark study transcends many of our standard arguments about the Cold War to focus on what it was really about.

Add both leffoer Basket. For the Soul of Mankind: See all 3 reviews. Leffler is very well informed about the substance of the major negotiation rounds between the US and the USSR, as well as the main points of contention and the periods of major crisis in the Cold War.

Although Leffler excessively demonizes and fulminates against Stalin in the beginning, he or the Soviet leaders remarkably sanely and accurately for an American historian of the Cold War, at no point falling for “evil empire” style propaganda.

Inside the Soviet Alternate Universe: It seems that if one is writing about every other postwar president and leader anyway, one could as well add those too.

Dec 03, Jason rated it really liked it. Sep 09, J. The one thing that I realized through this is that U.

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Jul 02, Craig rated it really liked it Mankinnd Overall, a excellent and informative read with plenty of behind-the-scenes insights that help the reader understand not only what happened at the negotiating table, but why it happened the way it did.

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