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Publishers Weekly, June 15, 2011
“Shrewd political history…. O’Clery presents a colorful human-scale saga, full of pathos and pettiness. (As Gorbachev was preparing his farewell address, Yeltsin sent minions to evict his family from their dacha.) But he also illuminates larger historical forces: the revival of nationalist politics in the breakaway Soviet republics; the desperate food shortages as the command economy lost its authority; the social enervation that left no one willing to defend the Soviet system by force. The result is a revealing portrait of one of history's greatest upheavals.”
History News Network
"In this lively, stimulating account of the unexpected collapse of the Soviet Union, Conor O'Clery offers a mini-John le Carre treatment of constant warfare inside the once-secret walls of the Kremlin."
I always wanted to know how a whole country could just crumble and I found this book to explain really well how it really did and didn't happen overnight. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roger Chicas
It has been a long time since I read a book "I couldn't put down" but this was one.
It was part thriller and biography but - most importantly - it struck a very... Read more
Reading this book was a very learning experience. Detailed presentation and compelling style draws the reader to the story throughout the account. A really good book!Published 12 months ago by Ron
This is a wonderful book to read, one you don't want to put down until it's done. The book, written by Irish journalist based in Russia in Gorbachev years, is on two... Read morePublished 14 months ago by David T.
An interesting book that gives a detailed account of the end of the Soviet Union. A fairly easy read, but the time switches between chapters can get confusing at times.Published 16 months ago by Laura
I really enjoyed this book. It also made me sad at the what happened.
Gorbachev and Yeltsin were reformers who initially tried to liberalize the Soviet Union. Read more
A surprisingly readable account of the last day of the Soviet Union, this book gives the back story of the events leading up to Mikhail Gorbachev's resignation as President of the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by R. C. Seaton
The fall of Iron Curtain is taken granted today but not in this excellent account of the Soviet Union's last day. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Rick