From Cold War to Hot Peace

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A New Book by Michael McFaul

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

“Given what’s going on in the world, this book couldn’t be more timely.”

About the Book

Not every author has stared into Vladimir Putin's eyes while being accused of "purposely seeking to ruin U.S.-Russia relations." But that was the beginning of a contentious relationship between President Putin and then-U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation Michael McFaul. In From Cold War to Hot Peace, McFaul, now director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, recounts his time in the Obama administration - first as an adviser on Russian affairs and then as ambassador. Framed by his own journey from Stanford scholar to diplomat to Putin's adversary, he blends analysis and personal experience to tell the story of U.S.-Russia relations over the past thirty years.

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Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State under George W. Bush (2005-2009)

"Mike McFaul has lived history. In this terrific book, he recounts a pivotal time in U.S.-Russian relations, bringing the perspective of a central participant and one of America's finest scholars of Russian politics. This book will be valued by students, experts, historians and diplomats for years to come. It is a good read and an invaluable contribution at a crucial time."

Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State under Barack Obama (2009-2013)

“This is an indispensable book for understanding the threat our country faces from Vladimir Putin’s Russia. McFaul is a candid and insightful guide to the history, personalities, and politics that continue to shape one of America’s most consequential relationships.”

Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State under Bill Clinton (1997-2001)

“As both a first-hand observer and a key participant in many of the recent events that have shaped US-Russia relations, Ambassador McFaul has an important story to tell. From Cold War to Hot Peace is a gripping and intensely personal account of one of the most complex and consequential geopolitical developments of our time.”

George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan (1982-1989)

“Mike McFaul gives us a broad, thoughtful analysis of a critical shift in world affairs. Read From Cold War to Hot Peace for timely, informative, and intriguing insights on changing US-Russia relations.”
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About Michael McFaul

A former U.S. ambassador to Russia, McFaul is currently a professor of political science at Stanford University, the director of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.