Cohen offers us a lesson, and a solution that is at once simple and of priceless value.(David A. Andelman World Policy Blog)
[George] Kennan's understanding of the Russian state... has proved to have enormous currency over time. Cohen's views should be given similar credence.(William W. Finan Jr. Current History)
Provocative and insightful.(Amy Knight New York Review of Books)
Well written and vigorously argued.(Archie Brown Russian Review 1900-01-00)
Cohen... brings his study of Soviet and Russian political developments to the doorstep of the White House, to powerful effect.(The Nation)
An extraordinarily rich book... an absolutely vital beginning point for anyone interested in a serious study of political and foreign policy developments involving Russia.(Slavic Review)
Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives finds its stride in Cohen's ability to challenge conventional wisdom on the causes and consequences of major turning points in Soviet and post-Soviet history.(Rehanna Jones-Boutaleb Foreign Policy in Focus)
this is one of the first books I would put into the hands of someone who wanted to get a good sense of what the Soviet Union was all about.(Lars T. Lih Montreal Review 1900-01-00)
Cohen's book is a superbly informed, astute and thought-provoking analysis of late Soviet politics and history.(Denis Kozlov Slavonic and East European Review 1900-01-00)
Among the many strengths of Soviet Fates is not just Stephen Cohen's longtimedepth of expertise but his unrivalled storytelling ability and, perhaps above all, hisrazor-sharp insider observations based on personal exchanges, interviews, and experienceswith key actors...(Nanci Adler Journal of Modern History 1900-01-00)
Stephen F. Cohen is far and away the most original, creative, informed, and insightful observer writing on Russian affairs today. A pioneering historian and a fine political scientist and journalist with a tireless commitment to ferreting out elusive evidence, Cohen has had extensive, first-hand experience in both Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, close contacts among contemporary Russian leaders, and a unique following among Russian intellectuals. Known for his bold, independent, passionately held, and often provocative ideas, he is respected even by many who strongly disagree with him. Cohen writes with clarity, elegance, and power.(Alexander Rabinowitch, author of The Bolsheviks Come to Power: The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd)
This is a book that serious students of Russia will want to read more than once.
This is a very interesting book that takes a look at various movements within the Soviet Union that could have led to different historical outcomes.
Cohen presents interesting perspectives that transcend purely academic hypothesis.
I learned quite a bit about Soviet history that I did not know before. Cohen is obviously arguing from a particular viewpoint, but I think that his points about the Soviet Union... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Igor Uzilevskiy
A fill in on what happened when polital prisoners were released after Stalin. Also comments to explain why we are in such a mess with Russia today.Published 13 days ago by Philip C. Gregory
A necessary read for anyone wanting to understand the realities behind US-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War and today. Read morePublished 21 days ago by X
Well documented, great historical look at what REALLY happened during the transition from the USSR to the current state in that region, as well as an unmasking of the shameless US... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Elkins
Today in August 2014, as an insurrection continues to be waged in eastern Ukraine, readers of this book will be most interested in Mr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sonja Baldwin
Wonderful analyses of the Russian Breakdown that led to its current predicaments - Well DocumentedPublished 4 months ago by Thomas Ricker
reader found this to be an excellent author/read - AAAA rating!!!!Published 4 months ago by ann Gillett