By Vladislav M. Zubok
Western interpretations of the chilly War--both realist and neoconservative--have erred via exaggerating both the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness, argues Vladislav Zubok. Explaining the pursuits, aspirations, illusions, fears, and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites, Zubok bargains a Soviet viewpoint at the maximum standoff of the 20 th century.
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A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev (The New Cold War History) by Vladislav M. Zubok