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For the Soul of Mankind: The United States, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War
MELVYN P. LEFFLER. Hill & Wang, $35 (624p) ISBN 978-0-8090-9717-3
* Drawing on extensive research in American and Soviet archives, Bancroft Prize-winner Leffler (A Preponderance of Power) offers a scintillating account of the forces that constrained Soviet and American leaders in the second half of the 20th century. Leffler begins by admitting that he was shocked by the rapid demise of communism. If Reagan and Gorbachev could end the Cold War, why hadn't earlier leaders been able to do so? To answer that question, Leffler examines five crucial moments when Washington and Moscow …