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Moscow December 25 1991History always comes down to the details And when it comes to the fall of the Soviet Union the details are crucial especially when such an era defining event hinged on the bitter personal relationship between two powerful men Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris YeltsinOn the twentieth anniversary of the end of the Cold War Conor O'Clery has built his compelling and brilliantly constructed narrative of the fall of the Soviet Union around one day December 25 1991 the date Gorbachev resigned a. I lived through these events and still had no idea of the scope of the problems and infighting that occurred Having young children at the time will be my excuse but to my shame I have no recollection of the events of Dec 25 1991 the day the Soviet Union dissolved The material was very well presented in a way that carried you along in real time while fitting in the background facts without being a distraction

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Moscow December 25 1991 Characters ´ 2 ↠ History always comes down to the details And when it comes to the fall of the Soviet Union the details are crucial especially when such an era defining event hinged on the bitter personal relationship between two powerful men Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris YeltsinOn the twentieth anniversary of the end oNd the USSR was effectively consigned to history From there O'Clery looks back over the events of the previous six years Gorbachev's reform policies of glasnost and perestroika; Yeltsin's ignominious fall and then rise to the top; the defiance of the once docile Soviet republics; the failed August coup by the hardliners; and the events that swiftly followed until a secret meeting in a central European forest sealed the fate of the communist monolith and the clock ticked down to the. Documenting the end of the Cold War has become a kind of cottage industry Most accounts have focused on how it was won by the west but few look behind the iron curtain and into the political morass within the USSR in it's dying months It is still difficult to believe that a conflict posing the distinct possibility of global extinction hanging over the heads of an entire generation ended with the stroke of a pen There is much to it than that and O'Cleary documents the dynamic personalities surrounding Gorbachev and Yeltsin and the conflict which played out

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Last dayThe result is an intricately detailed thoroughly researched book based on interviews with many of the key figures in a drama of Shakespearean intensity as well as contemporary reportage the memoirs and diaries of key political figures and official documents The book is written at a breathtaking dramatic pace drawing the reader in as it focuses eually on the personal and historical storiesMoscow December 25 1991 is set to become a defining book on the fall of the Soviet Union. The fall of the Soviet Union marked a special day in history One of the world’s biggest superpowers suddenly falling This book describes the events that occurred before during and after December 25th in great detail If you are Russian definitely recommend reading this book