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London-based historian and strategist Brian Crozier begs to differ. The invasion of Grenada marked the first time since the Russian Revolution of 1917, he writes, that "a Communist government in a sovereign state had been removed by an outside power's military force." Given the bloody effects of Communist rule around the world, Crozier suggests that outside intervention was not at all a bad thing, and he charts the growth of the Soviet state with apparent regret that someone did not put an end to it long before 1991, when the USSR disintegrated in the wake of an attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev.
Some readers may take issue with Crozier's right-of-center analysis and his support for such regimes as the dictatorship of the Chilean general Augusto Pinochet, but they will not easily fault his careful scholarship, supported by hundreds of pages of documents from Soviet archives, as he relates the tangled history of the Marxist-Leninist experiment. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The selection came in great time and the book was ever better than It was said to be.Published 17 months ago by Patrick Kelly
This book is marketed by the publisher as capital 'h' History, as "...the definitive account of the rise and fall of the Soviet Union." It is nothing of the sort. Read morePublished on November 25, 2010 by jomojomo
If he had left out the code-word adjectives it wouldn't have been fat, if he had included the Berlin Airlift it would have been more complete, if he had not said that Nixon in 1972... Read morePublished on November 17, 2005 by Amazon Customer
Crozier's book is a near chronological summary of the key events of the Soviet Empire's rise and fall. Read morePublished on August 5, 2002 by Dan Beaudry
I loved this book! Despite its size (830 pages!) the book is not a long read. First of all, 1/3 of the book is taken up by appendixes, notes, and the index. Read morePublished on July 14, 2002 by RYA
As a history professor, I looked forward to reading this book. I thought it might update me into the newest historiography of the USSR. Read morePublished on June 18, 2002
If Marxism is the intellectual religion of these times, then capitalism must be the anti-intellectual religion. Read morePublished on June 15, 2002
This is a good, readable survey of the history of the Soviet Union from its beginning to its collapse. Read morePublished on March 29, 2002
Very disappointing read. When I read the footnote: "*The methods used by Senator Joseph McCarthy...made him widely unpopular. Read morePublished on March 13, 2002 by B. Shugart