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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Conor O’Clery Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 3/22/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matthew | 3/7/2013

    " I'm just going to say that I don't think anyone came off well in this. Both Gorbachev and Yeltsin seem petty and short-sighted in a lot of ways. The minutiae in this book is fascinating, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Patrick Bates | 8/19/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book, despite having only a passing knowledge of this period of Russian history prior to reading it. The book is a lot easier a read than I thought when buying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Corey | 7/26/2012

    " An account of the end of the Soviet Union inside the Kremlin. Focus is on the conflicts between Gorbachev and Yeltsin. "

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