Moscow, December 25, 1991

Moscow, December 25, 1991

The Last Day of the Soviet Union

Book - 2011
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Describes the behind-the-scenes political jockeying that took place between Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin in the last days of the Soviet Union.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781586487966
Branch Call Number: 947.085 OCL
Characteristics: xxi, 316 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Apr 08, 2014

Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union. ----- by Conor O’ Clery. It seemed only the other day that all of this happened. And it all seemed to go by so quickly. One day it was the monolithic Soviet Union facing down the rest of the world and then there was Ronald Regan throwing down the gauntlet to Gorbachev in Berlin. Then the student Rusk flew his Cessna, on a lark it seems, under the radar deep into Russia and landed in Red Square and showed the world square that the Soviet Union was no longer all-knowing. It was the prelude. Gorbachev introduced perestroika and then the genie could not be put back in the bottle. By 1991 the Soviet Union was gone. And this is the story of that last day. On the one hand, we have Gorbachev. The press portrayed him as cultured, soft spoken, well dressed, urbane, with a lovely wife. On the other hand, we have his opponent, Boris Yeltsin from the Siberian back country, perhaps more at home in the woods on the hunt for mushrooms, boisterous, given to drink, jovial, the stereotypical, perennial Russian peasant, hardly ever capable of being citified much less urbane. Two more opposite individuals could hardly be imagined. But are these two pictures in fact correct? Moscow is the story of the ultimate break-up of the Soviet Union and as such it makes fascinating reading. To think that such a momentous event took place with so little upset. That is in itself remarkable enough and perhaps that too is tribute to these two remarkable men.


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