Failed Crusade by Stephen F. Cohen
America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia

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An analysis of American policy in Russia since the collapse of communism. Cohen argues that the American policy of transforming Russia into a replica of America was ill-conceived and counter-productive, and contributed to a great human tragedy. He then proposes a fundamentally different American-Russian relationship.
 

About Stephen F. Cohen

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He is professor Russian studies & history at New York University & a consultant to CBS News. His books include Bukharin & the Bolshevik Revolution & Sovieticus.
 
Published October 17, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 320 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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The final third of the study, in which Cohen outlines a new Russia policy based on respect for Russian realities and the dangers posed by the country's nuclear arsenal, is marred by a different kind of self-importance: perhaps because he studies Russia for a living, Cohen gives it a centrality in...

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In a chilling analogy, Cohen notes that the traditional role of the U.S. as ally to Russia is one in which Washington ""pressured a collapsing Russia to remain in the carnage."" Russia survived the allied blood-lettings of two World Wars, but Cohen sees the U.S.-prescribed ""shock-therapy"" as fa...

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London Review of Books

Sadly enough, Gorbachev, whom Cohen hails as ‘the greatest reformer in Russian history’, may have been less in step with Russia’s traditions than Yeltsin, whom Cohen viscerally loathes.

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