At the time, Gorbachev came across as the wise and caring intellectual, and Boris the corrupt drunk. Humans are complex, The most interesting aspect of this book for me was to see the two sides of Gorbachev and Yeltsin. His work is a great piece of historical journalism, crafted into a great story of the end of the world's first socialist state. The most interesting aspect of this book for me was to see the two sides of Gorbachev and Yeltsin. He could never seem to decide if he was trying to save the country or the Party, and the reforms he made in order to save the Party from itself eventually helped the Party lose its grip on everything.
They had barred travel by foreign citizens to and from Lithuania, erecting a kind of cordon sanitaire around the country. The fall of communism was one of the great human dramas of our century, as great a drama as the original Bolshevik revolution. On Michael Dobbs's watch, playwrights and electricians were magically transformed into presidents, while Communist Party leaders became jailbirds or newly minted tycoons. In August, 1991 Soviet hardliners waged an unsuccessful coup against Gorbachev. With a sweeping command of the subject and the passion and verve of an eyewitness, he paints an unforgettable portrait of the decade in which the familiar and seemingly petrified Cold War world--the world of Checkpoint Charlie and Dr.
But in the first days of September the French forces had a great advantage over the German forces - German war minister Wilhelm Keitel and military commander Alfred Jodl both testified this at the Nuremberg Trials. Dobbs has a nice paragraph on how communusm turned into disaster : Economic power was concentrated in the hands of a small group of bureaucrats at the top of the pyramid. Gorbachev was a master schemer, but he often outwitted himself with his double dealing. My mom and the trip in Leningrad now Saint Petersburg in 1979 on the Palace Square. Everything was moving along smoothly. From Tito's funeral to the birth of Solidarity in the Gda? Operation Barbarossa marks the start of the largest military confrontation in history between two great and ideological powers - the Eastern Front.
There are also chapters on the origins of the tragic and bloody breakup of Yugoslavia. Michael Dobbs, Down with Big Brother. From Tito's funeral to the birth of Solidarity in the Gda´nsk shipyard, from the tragedy of Tiananmen Square to Boris Yeltsin standing on a tank in the center of Moscow, Dobbs saw it all. The Unwanted is my sixth book. He has taught at leading American universities, including Princeton, the University of Michigan, and Georgetown. While reading about the conflict right now in Ukraine and Crimea, I realized I didn't know much about it's history and relationship with Russia.
The Soviet Union has established a number of puppet governments across its bordering states in eastern Europe, effectively bringing nations under its control without formal annexation. As a reporter for the Washington Post, he witnessed the birth of the Solidarity movement in Poland, the hope and tragedy of Tiananmen Square, the breakup of the Soviet Union, and the war in the former Yugoslavia. Nicolae Ceaușescu, Romania's General Secretary was the most rigid Stalinist in all of the Eastern Bloc - one who created an extensive cult of personality around himself and his wife, Elena, who was as vain and rigid as her husband. The Communist world was basically funded by the resources of Siberia, mostly petroleum and gas. There indeed were mighty ramifications with the downfall of Mother Russia and its dealings with Communism.
. The ends had clearly not justified the means. I am running out of space and have to quit. Ulam, Washington Post Book World From the Trade paperback edition. For a book written in the mid-1990s, Dobbs can be forgiven to some extent for not forseeing that the transition to capitalism would not be quite as smooth for Russia and the former Soviet republics and satellites as he expected it would be. Stalin led the Soviet Union through the second World War, secretly entering into a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany in August 1939, which divided northern and eastern Europe into Nazi and Soviet spheres of influence. History changed once again with the Round Table Talks, and the fall of the Berlin Wall which divided the city for 50 years.
Excellent use made of his own interviews at the time, classified Soviet documents not readily available in the West, biogra Another excellent book by Michael Dobbs. German invasion of Poland began just days after signing the treaty, officially beginning the war on September 1st. Yeltsin was the epitome of pugnacious as long as he had something or somebody to fight; otherwise, he could be prone to depression, anxiety and alcoholism. The Soviet type of government advocated by the Bolsheviks was claimed to be a higher type of democracy, where the masses would make their own history and create a new society without being oppressed by the bourgeoisie. In The Final Decade of the Soviet Empire, Michael Dobbs was an eyewitness to the extraordinary episodes that led to the unraveling of the Bolshevik Revolution. It was quick paced, while still giving the facts and details about the collapse of the Soviet Union. During the coup Yelstin gained addition political power and international fame when he climbed to the top of a tank turret where he opposed the coup.
Dobbs begins his book in the waning days of the Soviet Union, and follows the events which lead to its dissolution and the breakup of communism in eastern Europe, and the violent Yugoslav wars. This book is great, very well researched and masterfully narrated. He fell to the ground as the troops began advancing toward the tower, throwing stun grenades and firing shots into the air. And with recent events in Ukraine, and other former soviet republics dealing with mother Russia, this history lesson is desperately needed. Even if these apparatchiks had been totally omniscient and supremely intelligent, it would still have been physically impossible for them to match the collective wisdom of the millions of individuals who form a Western-style marketplace.