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Lenin S Tomb

Author : David Remnick
ISBN : 9780804173582
Genre : History
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize One of the Best Books of the Year: The New York Times From the editor of The New Yorker: a riveting account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, which has become the standard book on the subject. Lenin’s Tomb combines the global vision of the best historical scholarship with the immediacy of eyewitness journalism. Remnick takes us through the tumultuous 75-year period of Communist rule leading up to the collapse and gives us the voices of those who lived through it, from democratic activists to Party members, from anti-Semites to Holocaust survivors, from Gorbachev to Yeltsin to Sakharov. An extraordinary history of an empire undone, Lenin’s Tomb stands as essential reading for our times.

Lenin S Tomb

Author : David Remnick
ISBN : 9780679751250
Genre : History
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Chronicles the collapse of the Soviet empire, from the rise of glasnost through the final lowering of the Soviet flag, to the start of the post-communist age

The Last Empire

Author : Serhii Plokhy
ISBN : 9781780744179
Genre : History
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WINNER OF THE PUSHKIN HOUSE RUSSIAN BOOK PRIZE 2015 A BEST HISTORY BOOK OF 2014 FOR THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH AND BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE On Christmas Day 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Soviet Union. By the next day the USSR was officially no more and the USA had emerged as the world’s sole superpower. Award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy presents a page-turning account of the preceding five months of drama, filled with failed coups d’état and political intrigue. Honing in on this previously disregarded but crucial period and using recently declassified documents and original interviews with key participants, he shatters the established myths of 1991 and presents a bold new interpretation of the Soviet Union’s final months. Plokhy argues that contrary to the triumphalist Western narrative, George H. W. Bush desperately wanted to preserve the Soviet Union and keep Gorbachev in power, and that it was Ukraine and not the US that played the key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union. The consequences of those five months and the myth-making that has since surrounded them are still being felt in Crimea, Russia, the US, and Europe today. With its spellbinding narrative and strikingly fresh perspective, The Last Empire is the essential

Moscow December 25 1991

Author : Conor O'Clery
ISBN : 1848271131
Genre : Moscow (Russia)
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"Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century." - Vladimir Putin History always comes down to the details. And when it comes to the fall of the Soviet Union, the details are crucial, especially when such an era-defining event hinged on the bitter personal relationship between two powerful men, Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin. On the twentieth anniversary of the end of the Cold War, Conor O'Clery has built his compelling and brilliantly reconstructed narrative of the last days of the Soviet Union around one day, December 25, 1991, the day Gorbachev resigned and the USSR was effectively dissolved. From there, O'Clery looks back over the events of the previous six years that culminated in that remarkable day: Gorbachev's policies of glasnost and perestroika; Yeltsin's ignominious fall and then rise to the top; the declarations of sovereignty by most of the Soviet republics; the failed August coup by the hardliners; and the events that swiftly followed. The result is an intricately detailed, thoroughly researched book, based on interviews with many of the key figures in the Shakespearean-style drama, contemporary reportage, personal memoirs of the key political figures and official documents. The book is written at a breathtaking, dramatic pace, drawing the reader in as it focuses equally on the personal and historical stories. Moscow, December 25, 1991 is set to become the defining book on the fall of the Soviet Union.

Russia S Unfinished Revolution

Author : Michael McFaul
ISBN : 0801488141
Genre : History
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Michael McFaul traces Russia's tumultuous political history from Gorbachev's rise to power in 1985 through the 1999 resignation of Boris Yeltsin in favor of Vladimir Putin.

Down With Big Brother

Author : Michael Dobbs
ISBN : 9780307773166
Genre : History
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"One of the great stories of our time . . . a wonderful anecdotal history of a great drama." --San Francisco Chronicle Book Review As Washington Post correspondent in Moscow, Warsaw, and Yugoslavia in the final decade of the Soviet empire, Michael Dobbs had a ringside seat to the extraordinary events that led to the unraveling of the Bolshevik Revolution. From Tito's funeral to the birth of Solidarity in the Gda´nsk shipyard, from the tragedy of Tiananmen Square to Boris Yeltsin standing on a tank in the center of Moscow, Dobbs saw it all. The fall of communism was one of the great human dramas of our century, as great a drama as the original Bolshevik revolution. Dobbs met almost all of the principal actors, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Walesa, Václav Havel, and Andrei Sakharov. With a sweeping command of the subject and the passion and verve of an eyewitness, he paints an unforgettable portrait of the decade in which the familiar and seemingly petrified Cold War world--the world of Checkpoint Charlie and Dr. Strangelove--vanished forever. "Down with Big Brother ranks very high among the plethora of books about the fall of the Soviet Union and the death throes of Communism. It is possibly the most vividly written of the lot." -- Adam B. Ulam, Washington Post Book World From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Bridge

Author : David Remnick
ISBN : 9780330531603
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The rise of Barack Obama is one of the great stories of this century: a defining moment for America, and one with truly global resonance. This is the book of his phenomenal journey to election. Through extensive on-the-record interviews with friends and teachers, mentors and disparagers, family members and Obama himself, David Remnick has put together a nuanced, unexpected and masterly portrait of the man who was determined to become the first African-American President. Most importantly, The Bridge argues that Obama imagined and fashioned an identity for himself against the epic drama of race in America. In a way that Obama's own memoirs cannot, it examines both the personal and political elements of the story, and gives shape not only to a decisive period of history, but also to the way it crucially influenced, animated and motivated a gifted and complex man. 'Speaking to hundreds of friends and colleagues, Remmick investigates and corrects Obama’s own accout of his life with an assured and elegant tone that clarifies rather than accuses or unmasks . . . 600 masterly pages. ***** Daily Telegraph 'The publishing event of the year' Observer

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