From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia

17 CDs. Highbridge Audio. May 2018. 21 hrs. ISBN 9781684411542. $44.99. digital download. POLI SCI
Former ambassador to the Russian Federation, McFaul (political science, Stanford) provides the reader with an overview of his experiences and thoughts on recent relations between the United States and Russia. McFaul's examination of Soviet and American internal and international politics is peppered with key events and personalities from Reagan and Gorbachev to Putin and Obama to the many realized and unrealized opportunities, such as Iran and Syria. The narration of L.J. Ganser is clear, and his well-employed skills make a dense read engaging.
VERDICT While this work provides an interesting insider's view of Russian politics as well as a mix of scholarly framework and personal narrative, it comes off at times as a bit self-serving and biased. ["A fine narrative of the rise and decline of America's Russian policy in the Obama years": LJ 6/1/18 starred review of the Houghton Harcourt hc.]

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