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

Arrived promptly and as advertised. Leffler homes in on four crucial episodes when American and Soviet Leaders considered modulating, avoiding, or ending hostilities and asks why they failed. And the hero in all this, after we wend our way through Afghanistan and the collapse of the communist regimes of eastern Europe is Gorbachev. Lo que nos cuenta. All these leaders glimpsed possibilities for peace, yet they allowed ideologies, political pressures, the expectations of lwffler and clients, the dynamics of the international system, and their own fearful memories to trap them in a cycle of hostility that seemed to have no end.

The truth is, however, that at the end of the day, governments are run by human beings shaped by memories and cultural values. Write a customer review. Jul 27, Eileen rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 03, Jason rated it really liked it.


One would also have liked to mankindd more about the role of European leaders, both East and West, in the diplomatic and ideological struggle, but perhaps that is too much to include in one book. There was a lot of mutual misunderstanding and over-blown fear-mongering, especially in the US.

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A couple of the chapters, particularly the one on detente can seem long-winded thf times. The most interesting part of the book was the part about Eisenhower and Dulles his secretary of state.

What had caused the cold war in the first place, and why did it last as long as it did? A lot can be said against this book.

Nancy Ueda rated it it was oc Aug 31, Open Preview See a Problem? Tom D rated it really liked it Apr 12, Jay Sandlin rated it it was amazing Sep 30, This is 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 spul There are some maps and lots of references and bibliography making this a scholarly work.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Sabotage, espionage, nuclear blackmail, and dangerous arm races all served the same purpose: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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 I think Leffler can see very well the general ideas that both sides of the war was like.


Although the book mainly focuses on Presidents and the Kremlin the leaders of soviet Russiait also has some commentary on Winston Churchill and some Secretary of States. The distinguished historian Melvyn P. A great survey that focuses on several key periods–Truman’s presidency, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Reagan and Gorbachev, etc.

Great book for my foreign policy class, covers the Cold War extensively. Jul 02, Craig rated it really liked it Shelves: For the Soul of Mankind: And meddle in the Third World here and there, for various reasons, sure.

Driving much of the maneuvering for security and advantage was the struggle over which political system could meet people’s needs and produce a better society. Books by Melvyn P. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

Gorbachev was the one leader on either side who said, “Fuck. The worst part of the book was during the conclusion.