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Michael Anthony McFaul is an American academic and professor of political science who served as the United States Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014. Prior to his nomination to the ambassadorial position, McFaul worked for the U.S.
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The Hawk and the Dove
Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War
Nicholas Thompson - 2010-09-28 (first published in 2009)
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Only two Americans held positions of great influence throughout the Cold War. The two men embodied opposing strategies for winning the conflict. Yet they dined together, attended the weddings of each other's children, and remained lifelong friends.Paul Nitze was a consummate insider who believed the best way to avoid a nuclear clash was to prepare ...
Michael McFaul
+1 ! Great book (from my former student).      source
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Russia's Crony Capitalism
The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy
Anders Aslund - 2019-05-23
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A penetrating look into the extreme plutocracy Vladimir Putin has created and its implications for Russia’s future This insightful study explores how the economic system Vladimir Putin has developed in Russia works to consolidate control over the country. By appointing his close associates as heads of state enterprises and by giving control of the ...
Michael McFaul
Agreed. And for details, everyone should read this fantastic book:      source
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Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy
An Agenda for Growth and Shared Prosperity
Joseph E. Stiglitz - 2015-11-02
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Inequality is a choice.The United States bills itself as the land of opportunity, a place where anyone can achieve success and a better life through hard work and determination. But the facts tell a different storythe U.S. today lags behind most other developed nations in measures of inequality and economic mobility. For decades, wages have stagnat...
Michael McFaul
+1. Great book. ReWriting the Rules of the American Economy by @JosephEStiglitz is also worth a read. One might not always agree with Stiglitz (although I often do) but he always makes you think.      source
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Invisible China
How the Urban-Rural Divide Threatens China’s Rise
Scott Rozelle - 2020-10-12
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As the glittering skyline in Shanghai seemingly attests, China has quickly transformed itself from a place of stark poverty into a modern, urban, technologically savvy economic powerhouse. But as Scott Rozelle and Natalie Hell show in Invisible China, the truth is much more complicated and might be a serious cause for concern.China’s growth has rel...
Michael McFaul
Those convinced that think China’s rise will continue smoothly and inevitably need to read this book - Invisible China      source
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The Kill Chain
Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare
Christian Brose - 2020-04-21
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From a former senior advisor to Senator John McCain, an urgent wake-up call about how new technologies are threatening America's military might. When we think about the future of war, the military and Washington and most everyone gets it backwards. We think in terms of buying single military systems, such as fighter jets or aircraft carriers. And w...
Michael McFaul
@Jaredasplundh @Stanford Its a smart book. And @cdbrose is not only a real specialist, but a great writer as well.      source
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Tough Love
My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For
Susan Rice - 2019-10-08
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Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Susan E. Rice--National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations--delivers an inspiring account of a life in service to family and country.Although you may think you know Susan Rice--whose name b...
Michael McFaul
Ive known @AmbassadorRice for 35 years. Believe me when I tell you that she is passionate about racial injustice & progressive causes. Our first projects together as @Stanford & @UniofOxford concerned anti-apartheid. (Read her excellent book, Tough Love!)      source
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Yevgeny Zamyatin - 1993-08-01 (first published in 1921)
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The exhilarating dystopian novel that inspired George Orwell's 1984 and foreshadowed the worst excesses of Soviet RussiaYevgeny Zamyatin's We is a powerfully inventive vision that has influenced writers from George Orwell to Ayn Rand. In a glass-enclosed city of absolute straight lines, ruled over by the all-powerful 'Benefactor', the citizens of t...
Michael McFaul
I read this novel in high school in Bozeman, Montana -- completely changed the trajectory of my thinking and later career. To the Bozeman Senior High School librarian who acquired and then displayed the book (I would have never seen it otherwise), thank you !      source
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Welfare for Autocrats
How Social Assistance in China Cares for its Rulers
Jennifer Pan - 2020-05-28
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What are the costs of the Chinese regime's fixation on quelling dissent in the name of political order, or "stability?" In Welfare for Autocrats, Jennifer Pan shows that China has reshaped its major social assistance program, Dibao, around this preoccupation, turning an effort to alleviate poverty into a tool of surveillance and repression. This di...
Michael McFaul
Ive been reading a lot of China books these days. @LizEconomy The Third Revolution truly stands out. Also learning a lot from @jenjpan 's Welfare for Autocrats.      source
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The Third Revolution
Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State
Elizabeth C. Economy - 2018-05-03
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In The Third Revolution, eminent China scholar Elizabeth C. Economy provides an incisive look at the transformative changes underway in China today. Chinese leader Xi Jinping has unleashed a powerful set of political and economic reforms: the centralization of power under Xi, himself, the expansion of the Communist Party's role in Chinese political...
Michael McFaul
Ive been reading a lot of China books these days. @LizEconomy The Third Revolution truly stands out. Also learning a lot from @jenjpan 's Welfare for Autocrats.      source
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The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom
America and China, 1776 to the Present
John Pomfret - 2016-11-29
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A remarkable history of the two-centuries-old relationship between the United States and China, from the Revolutionary War to the present dayFrom the clipper ships that ventured to Canton hauling cargos of American ginseng to swap Chinese tea, to the US warships facing off against China's growing navy in the South China Sea, from the Yankee mission...
Michael McFaul
Your book is a masterpiece (and that’s not a word I use very often!)      source
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The Back Channel
William J. Burns - 2019-03-12
Unstable Majorities by Morris P. Fiorina