In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today's most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Barack Obama's adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the United States' policy known as "reset" that fostered new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. And then, as U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency. This riveting inside account combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president. From the first days of McFaul's ambassadorship, the Kremlin actively sought to discredit and undermine him, hassling him with tactics that included dispatching protesters to his front gates, slandering him on state media, and tightly surveilling him, his staff, and his family.
From Cold War to Hot Peace is an essential account of the most consequential global confrontation of our time.
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by Michael Buckley
"LJ Ganser delivers an easygoing conversational style in narrating these memoirs of the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia. McFaul recounts his journey from his high school days through his undergraduate and graduate studies and NGO work in Russia and, finally, his tenure as United States Ambassador to Russia. Deeply involved in politics, McFaul was both an observer and a participant in a number of major events in the decline and fall of the Soviet Union and the rise of post-Soviet Russia. Ganser's pacing, enunciation, and inflection match the text well and make this an enjoyable experience for those interested in one person's experience of contemporary Russia. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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