Moscow, December 25 1991 The Last Day of the Soviet Union

ISBN-10: 1610391985

ISBN-13: 9781610391986

Edition: N/A

Authors: Conor O'Clery

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The implosion of the Soviet Union was the culmination of a gripping game played out between two men who intensely disliked each other and had different concepts for the future. Mikhail Gorbachev, a sophisticated and urbane reformer, sought to modernize and preserve the USSR; Boris Yeltsin, a coarse and a hard drinking “bulldozer,” wished to destroy the union and create a capitalist Russia. The defeat of the August 1991 coup attempt, carried out by hardline communists, shook Gorbachev’s authority and was a triumph for Yeltsin. But it took four months of intrigue and double-dealing before the Soviet Union collapsed and the day arrived when Yeltsin could hustle Gorbachev out of the Kremlin, and move in as ruler of Russia.Conor O’Clery has written a unique and truly suspenseful thriller of the day the Soviet Union died. The internal power plays, the shifting alliances, the betrayals, the mysterious three colonels carrying the briefcase with the nuclear codes, and the jockeying to exploit the future are worthy of John Le Carré or Alan Furst. The Cold War’s last act was a magnificent dark drama played out in the shadows of the Kremlin.
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List price: $17.99
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 11/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946

Conor O'Clery is a journalist for The Irish Times who has specialized in Irish politics and Anglo-Irish relations. He is the author of Melting Snow and Daring Diplomacy.

Russian/Soviet Dramatis Personae
December 25: Before the Dawn
December 25: Sunrise
Hiring the Bulldozer
December 25: Morning
The Storming of Moscow
December 25: Midmorning
A Bucketful of Filth
December 25: Late Morning
Back from the Dead
December 25: Midday
Knee Deep in Kerosene
December 25: Early Afternoon
Dictatorship on the Offensive
December 25: Midafternoon
Hijacking Barbara Bush
December 25: Late Afternoon
Perfidiousness, Lawlessness, and Infamy
December 25: Dusk
Things Fall Apart
December 25: Early Evening
The Center Cannot Hold
December 25: Evening
The Deal in the Walnut Room
December 25: Late Evening
December 25: Night
December 25: Late Night
December 26: The Day After
December 27: Triumph of the Plunderers
The Integrity of the Quarrel
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