Rodric Braithwaite was British ambassador to Moscow during the critical years of perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the failed coup of August 1991, and the rise of Boris Yeltsin. With his long experience of Russia, on good personal terms with Mikhail Gorbachev, he was in a privileged position close to the center of Russia’s changing relationship with the West.
This frank and engrossing book gives an intimate account of momentous change and the people who drove it. As the Soviet Empire fell apart a demoralized army crept home from Afghanistan, Eastern Europe, and the outlying parts of the Soviet Union itself. Against the opposition of the generals, Gorbachev and his allies struggled to modernize and democratize a system that had already reached the point of terminal decay. The apex of the drama came in August 1991 when a gang of generals, politicians, and secret policemen soughtby storming Moscow’s White Houseto reverse the course of history.
|Publisher:||Yale University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Rodric Braithwaite was based in Moscow from September 1988 to May 1992. He retains business and educational interests in Russia.
Table of Contents
|1||The View across the River||1|
|2||The Russians are Coming||18|
|3||The Flight of the Bumble Bee||58|
|4||Democracy Comes to the Soviet Union||88|
|5||The Ashes of Victory||117|
|6||Fraying at the Edges||150|
|7||The Lurch to the Right||182|
|8||Diary of a Coup||216|
|9||The Rubble of the Dictatorship||246|
|10||Arguing about the Economy||281|
|11||Towards a Radiant Future?||317|
|Notes and Comments||343|