(Columbia University Press) In this volume of seven essays, Cohen questions conventional assumptions about the course of Soviet history, the fall of communism, and the effects of Russia’s policies domestically and abroad. Moving from Stalin’s terror through the Khrushchev and Gorbachev years to present day, he argues in two concluding chapters that Washington was the first to waste the opportunity for new U.S.-Russian relations after the Cold War and presents a new approach for achieving partnership with Russia today. Cohen is professor of Russian studies and history at New York University and professor emeritus of politics at Princeton University. His other books include Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography , Rethinking the Soviet Experience: Politics and History since 1917, and Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia .