From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR

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From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR

From Washington to Moscow US Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR When the United States and the Soviet Union signed the first Strategic Arms Limitation Talks accords in it was generally seen as the point at which the USSR achieved parity with the United States

  • Title: From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR
  • Author: Louis Sell
  • ISBN: 9780822361954
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback
  • When the United States and the Soviet Union signed the first Strategic Arms Limitation Talks accords in 1972 it was generally seen as the point at which the USSR achieved parity with the United States Less than twenty years later the Soviet Union had collapsed, confounding experts who never expected it to happen during their lifetimes In From Washington to Moscow veteranWhen the United States and the Soviet Union signed the first Strategic Arms Limitation Talks accords in 1972 it was generally seen as the point at which the USSR achieved parity with the United States Less than twenty years later the Soviet Union had collapsed, confounding experts who never expected it to happen during their lifetimes In From Washington to Moscow veteran US Foreign Service officer Louis Sell traces the history of US Soviet relations between 1972 and 1991 and explains why the Cold War came to an abrupt end Drawing heavily on archival sources and memoirs many in Russian as well as his own experiences, Sell vividly describes events from the perspectives of American and Soviet participants He attributes the USSR s fall not to one specific cause but to a combination of the Soviet system s inherent weaknesses, mistakes by Mikhail Gorbachev, and challenges by Ronald Reagan and other US leaders He shows how the USSR s rapid and humiliating collapse and the inability of the West and Russia to find a way to cooperate respectfully and collegially helped set the foundation for Vladimir Putin s rise.

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    1. Joseph on said:

      From Washington to Moscow: US-Soviet Relations and the Collapse of the USSR by Louis Sell is a history of US-Soviet Relations beginning primarily with Brezhnev and leading to the fall of the USSR. Sell is a retired Foreign Service officer who served twenty-seven years with the US Department of State, specializing in Soviet and Balkan affairs. He is the author of Slobodan Milosevic and the Destruction of Yugoslavia, also published by Duke University Press.This is the reason I wanted a degree in p [...]

    2. Aaron Finestone on said:

      Cold War junkies will find affirmation, and anticommunists will get validation from Louis Sell's new book From Washington to Moscow (Duke University Press). Sell retired after 27 years in the foreign service. Sell spent most of his time at the American embassy in the Moscow and at the Soviet desk in the State Department.Sell recounts the last two decades of the Soviet Union and its East European client states, from the reign of Leonid Brezhnev until its disintegration under Mikhail Gorbachev in [...]

    3. Sheridan on said:

      I absolutely love reading and learning about US-Soviet Relations, especially in the tension of the Cold War & the aftermath of it. I'm excited to get my hands on this one!

    4. Stephen Yoder on said:

      I truly enjoyed this book. Mr Sell was clearly in the mix of some heady events and interesting characters across the end of the Cold War, but he never makes the story about how darn central he was. I really liked the stories and points made about economics, Afghanistan, the back-and-forth about Vietnam, and the eventual, sudden & surprising collapse of the USSR. I've been a student of history for some time, and I've known that Russians have disliked Gorbachev in a rather intense fashion afte [...]

    5. Богдан Димитров on said:

      Without a doubt one of the best books on the period! The balanced mixture of views on both sides of the divide, of detailed chronology, vast research and the infusion of his personal experience make for not only an enlightening read, but also an enjoyable one!

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