• Not One Inch

  • America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate
  • By: M.E. Sarotte
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (194 ratings)
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Not One Inch

By: M.E. Sarotte
Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
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A leading expert on foreign policy reveals how tensions between America, NATO, and Russia transformed geopolitics in a Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2021

"Sarotte is the unofficial dean of 'end of Cold War' studies.... With her latest book, she tackles head-on the not-controversial-at-all questions about NATO’s eastward growth and the effect it had on Russia's relations with the west." (Daniel W. Drezner, Washington Post)

"The most engaging and carefully documented account of this period in East-West diplomacy currently available." (Andrew Moravscik, Foreign Affairs)

Based on over a hundred interviews and on secret records of White House - Kremlin contacts, Not One Inch shows how the United States successfully overcame Russian resistance in the 1990s to expand NATO to more than 900 million people. But it also reveals how Washington's hardball tactics transformed the era between the Cold War and the present day, undermining what could have become a lasting partnership.

Vladimir Putin swears that Washington betrayed a promise that NATO would move "not one inch" eastward and justifies renewed confrontation as a necessary response to the alliance's illegitimate "deployment of military infrastructure to our borders." But the United States insists that neither President George H. W. Bush nor any other leader made such a promise.

Pulling back the curtain on U.S.-Russian relations in the critical years between the fall of the Berlin Wall and Putin's rise to power, prize-winning Cold War historian M. E. Sarotte reveals the bitter clashes over NATO behind the facade of friendship and comes to a sobering conclusion: the damage did not have to happen. In this deeply researched and compellingly written book, Sarotte shows what went wrong.  

©2021 M. E. Sarotte (P)2022 Tantor
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America's NATO problem

This is an excellent book about the diplomatic relations between the US (and to some extent its European allies) and Russia during and after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, up to the beginning of the Putin era. It is not about everything -- mostly it is a close look at the relatively unguarded and informal words spoken by the principal actors, rather than about economic matters, the formal treaty language, military details, and so on. It is detailed, and does not appear to have much of an ideological ax to grind. I for one came back from reading it with the idea that most, but not all, of the US moves were clumsy, ill-thought-out, and (perhaps unintentionally to some extent) humiliating to Russia. The Russians were of course far from perfect themselves -- Gorbachev sort of out of it, Yeltsin a bad alcoholic as time went on, and of course Putin. But the US, instead of looking into the future and taking Churchill's advice to be magnanimous in victory, treated the weak remains of the Russian empire as though it did not really matter or deserve -- if only because of its nuclear arms -- a good deal of respect. We are reaping the whirlwind of the thoughtless expansion of NATO to the very doorstep of Russia. It was Russia itself (like the defeated Germany after WWII) that the US should have been solicitous of, more than Poland and the other countries eager to join NATO

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Shoulda woulda coulda

Long litany of he said - she said from the 1990s based on extensive research followed by a short general analysis of what might have been done differently.

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Why NATO expansion?

Outstanding work of diligent research on the who, what, where, why and when of what happened after Soviet collapse in western central and Eastern Europe, and USA’s role and rationale.

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A Terrific Book on Recent History

It is a well written narrative history with a fair amount of analysis, often by the players themselves, of how the collapse of the Soviet Union made the nineties, for a time, one of seemingly great hope for international politics. Focusing primarily on German unification and Nato expansion the outstanding figure appears to have been German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. It also helped that the narration was excellent.

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One of the most impressive books I ever came across

Extremely well researched and written, with tremendous detail, the book manages not both be personal and yet as objective as any work on this topic can possibly be. It covers both the individuals, their background and why and how they made their fateful decisions, as well as the bigger picture, the historical background and the prevailing mood of the time. An absolute must-read for anyone seeking to understand why the current situation in Europe is the way it is. Listening to this in early 2023, it leaves me with a bitter feeling of disappointment, as the current conflict was foreshadowed both by the author herself as well as numerous figures covered in the book. Sarotte shows that things did not have to turn out this way, and that decisions made for short-term political gains, and particularly those made to please domestic audiences, have real consequences in the long term.

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important stuff.

it's a great starting point if you want to know more about how the world got in this terrible mess it is currently in.

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Solid book!

Great insight on post-cold war geopolitics. Obviously incredibly well researched. 4.5 stars because it dragged a bit in a few chapters.

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Fascinating, well-researched & timely

I thought that I had a good understanding of the history of NATO expansion, but this book really expanded my understanding. It is well-argued and provides a valuable perspective on NATO expansion that connects well to today’s U.S.-Russia relationship.

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The Full Story of the Early Post Cold War

A deeply researched history of the early post-cold-war period. It explores all the forces that ultimately drove us into the present confrontation with Russia. We ignored Churchill’s dictum, “In victory, magnanimity,” and much like with the Treaty of Versailles we contributed to the rebirth of a brutal empire.

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Great work

A must read if you want to understand the conflict in Ukraine. Future historians will definitely use it.

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