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Michelle Mart - Associate Professor of History, Penn State Berks

Book Title: America, Russia, and the Cold War, 1945-2001

Author: Walter LaFeber

Book Description:

This book has been read by thousands of undergraduates, scholars, and lay people interested in American diplomacy and the Cold War. The book is written in wonderfully readable prose with quite a bit of humor. It also synthesizes a huge corpus of scholarship and makes you want to learn more about American history. This book is a gem, because it reminds us that good history is good story telling and that rigorous scholarship should be accessible to all.

America, Russia and the Cold War was written by my undergraduate mentor who inspired me and encouraged me, and made me want to be an historian. Walter LaFeber strikes a wonderful balance between undergraduate teaching, path breaking research, and professional service. He cares deeply about his teaching and respects his students, and is always engaged in new research.

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