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Revolution 1989 : the fall of the Soviet empire / Victor Sebestyen.

By: Sebestyen, Victor, 1956-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2009Edition: 1st U. S. ed.Description: xxi, 451 p. [16] p. of plates : ill., map ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780375425325; 0375425322.Subject(s): Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1985-1991 | Europe, Eastern -- Politics and government -- 1989- | Europe, Central -- Politics and government -- 1989-Summary: Documents the collapse of the Soviet Union's European empire (East Germany, Poland, Czechoslvakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria) and the transition of each to independent states, drawing on interviews and newly uncovered archival material to offer insight into 1989's rapid changes and the USSR's minimal resistance.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Documents the collapse of the Soviet Union's European empire (East Germany, Poland, Czechoslvakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria) and the transition of each to independent states, drawing on interviews and newly uncovered archival material to offer insight into 1989's rapid changes and the USSR's minimal resistance.

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Library Journal Review

Journalist Sebestyen (Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution) writes a fast-paced, accessible book about the fall of communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. Distinct from other books on the topic, Sebestyen takes the reader back to the late 1970s with the rise of solidarity in Poland and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which he proposes set the stage for 1989. As many authors note, but Sebestyen clearly acknowledges, the Soviets and the Eastern bloc never intended to surrender their system, but their actions allowed their system to fail. Both interested general readers and students will appreciate this book because it is well researched and features abundant ground-level details that are often absent from scholarly analysis of the period.-Beth Johns, Saginaw Valley State Univ., University Center, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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 Victor Sebestyen is the author of Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. He has worked for many British newspapers, including the Evening Standard. Born in Budapest, he lives in England.

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