Odd Arne Westad

Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances: How Personal Politics Helped Start the Cold War


Princeton University Press 533pp £24.95 order from our bookshop

What role does emotion play in modern diplomacy? Would the US reaction to 9/11 have been different if George W Bush had not needed to act as a Texas cowboy in order to hide his privileged East Coast upbringing? Would the Serbs have got a better deal in the post-Yugoslavia settlement if Slobodan Miloševic had had less of the dark about him? And would the Cold War have ended peacefully if not for Ronald Reagan’s immense personal charm and ability to fuddle the issues?

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