Failed Crusade

Failed Crusade

America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia

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Baker & Taylor
Reveals what really happened in Russia following the breakup of the Soviet Union, and the complicity of U.S. policy in a great human tragedy.

Norton Pub
Failed Crusade reveals what really happened in Russia after the end of the Soviet Union, and the complicity of U.S. policy in a great human tragedy. Drawing on his many years of studying and living in Russia, Stephen Cohen shows that what US officials and other experts call "reform" has for most Russians been a catastrophic development--namely the unprecedented demodernization of a twentieth-century country--and for the United States the worst foreign policy disaster since Vietnam. What emerges is an alarming analysis of nuclear-laden Russia during the corrupted Yeltsin era, as well as an indictment of American policy-makers who failed to see or report the truth about Russian developments in the 1990s. Failed Crusade is also a deeply informed and passionate call for a new policy toward Russia in the next millennium. Arguing that the US crusade of the early 1990s to transform post-Communist Russia into a replica of America was ill-conceived and bound to be counterproductive, and that developments in Russia today represent a greater threat to our national security than existed even during the Cold War, Cohen sets forth a bold plan for a fundamentally different American-Russian relationship in the post-Yeltsin era. Even readers who disagree with this important book cannot afford to ignore it.

Book News
Cohen (Russian studies and history, New York U.) explores the results for Russia of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and places some responsibility on the shoulders of the US for the failed reforms of the last decade. He argues that Russia, because of a failed US foreign policy, is now faced with one of the worst social, economic, and political crises of its history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Norton, c2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393049640
Characteristics: xiv, 304 p. ; 22 cm


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