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The Decline and Fall of Soviet Empire: Forty Years That Shook The World, From Stalin to Yeltsin

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For this authoritative work on the slow collapse of the Soviet Union, Fred Coleman draws on over thirty years of first-hand observations and personal experiences as a Moscow correspondent. Having interviewed at length major Soviet figures-from Sakharov to Gorbachev and Yeltsin-and having tapped the once top-secret Soviet archives, Coleman demonstrates that communism was al ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published August 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Scott Martin
Aug 07, 2013 Scott Martin rated it liked it
Another one of those books that I have had on the shelf for years and years (actually in storage for the last 3) and finally got around to reading. It was a mix of previous reporting stories and personal accounts. What I found most informative was the discussions about the Brezhnev era and what all transpired. Admittedly, my knowledge about Soviet history is not as strong about that timeframe as it is for the Lenin/Stalin era. He hammers home the fact that we (America) never got it right about t ...more
Jeff
Jan 13, 2009 Jeff rated it it was amazing
The first Western post-Soviet glimpse into the inner machinations of the leadership of the USSR. The book seems a bit immature now as much more is known of this period than was at the time.

However it was an interesting read at the time and still has value to the historian.
Briapedia
Dec 19, 2007 Briapedia rated it it was ok
Given his research and background, it has promise- however, he's so opinionated and just anti-everyone. He gives you the vibe that he thinks he's smarter than everyone.
Kevan
Jan 01, 2009 Kevan rated it liked it
Only on page 52 but it promises to be a good read.
It was published in '96 so it'll be interesting to see if Coleman is even close to being correct about post-Soviet Russia
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