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Lenin's Tomb by David Remnick
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Jul 24, 2011

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A fascinating account of the end of perestroika and glasnost by one who was there, who had access to the principals and can tell a very good -- and often disturbing -- tale. Remnick reported for the Washington Post, and was posted to Moscow during the final years of Communist Party rule. What is clear is that the rule of the Party failed because it rotted out from within: corruption, drunkenness and the Marie Antoinette "Let them eat cake" syndrome. He delves back into Soviet history to see the trends: first admission of Stalinist "mistakes," then the revelation of the atrocities of that era, finally Lenin himself is debunked by a people fed up with an economy and society of fear that simply didn't work. Remnick's research is not only first class, but his skills in telling the story are also of the highest quality. Read him not only to learn about the end of Communism, but also to learn how to write better.

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