Book jacket cover of From Cold War to Hot PeaceThe relationship between Russia and the US is an enormously important and fraught one. Michael McFaul brings both academic expertise and personal experience to the subject. Booklist gave his book a starred review, writing “American foreign policy is personal for McFaul, who began observing U.S.-Russian relations as a student in the 1970s and 1980s, engaged them as a pro-democracy activist and academic in the 1990s and 2000s, served on President Obama’s National Security Council, and was the American ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014. McFaul, therefore, witnessed the end of the Cold War, the dissolution of the USSR, and the two ensuing decades of complex Russian engagement with democracy that, he argues, ended with Vladimir Putin’s return to power in 2012. His engaging political memoir centers on his work as part of the Obama administration and as ambassador in Moscow, as his ideas were tested by the constraints of policy making and challenged by life in a Russia that was rapidly returning to autocracy. He focuses on political elites and their actions, presenting them, including the often-stereotyped Putin, as complex, human characters. McFaul ends by bringing his depth of perspective to bear on current U.S.-Russian relations, concluding that the hot peace of the Putin era is here to stay. An expert political chronicle that often reads like a fast-paced thriller, this title is highly recommended.”