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The Last Empire On Christmas Day 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev Resigned As President Of The Soviet Union By The Next Day The USSR Was Officially No And The USA Had Emerged As The World S Sole Superpower Award Winning Historian Serhii Plokhy Presents A Page Turning Account Of The Preceding Five Months Of Drama, Filled With Failed Coups D Tat And Political Intrigue.Honing In On This Previously Disregarded But Crucial Period And Using Recently Declassified Documents And Original Interviews With Key Participants, He Shatters The Established Myths Of 1991 And Presents A Bold New Interpretation Of The Soviet Union S Final Months Plokhy Argues That Contrary To The Triumphalist Western Narrative, George H W Bush Desperately Wanted To Preserve The Soviet Union And Keep Gorbachev In Power, And That It Was Ukraine And Not The US That Played The Key Role In The Collapse Of The Soviet Union The Consequences Of Those Five Months And The Myth Making That Has Since Surrounded Them Are Still Being Felt In Crimea, Russia, The US, And Europe Today.With Its Spellbinding Narrative And Strikingly Fresh Perspective, The Last Empire Is The Essential Account Of One Of The Most Important Watershed Periods In World History, And Is Indispensable Reading For Anyone Seeking To Make Sense Of International Politics Today.

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 520 pages
  • The Last Empire
  • Serhii Plokhy
  • English
  • 07 August 2018

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  1. says:

    Simply put, this is a stunning book It s not every day an author is able to rewrite history, and do so credibly When I read, on the inside cover, the following sentence the collapse of the Soviet Union was anything but the handiwork of the United States, I feared that it was going to attempt to diminish the role the U.S played On the contrary I have read about 20 books on the subject and this is one of the best accounts of US Russia relations from 1980 present...

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    It wasn t quite the fourth of July John Stepanchuk, acting US consul in Kiev.Plokhy s stated goal here is to dispute the narrative, which according to him is generally accepted in the west, that the United States won the Cold War, arguing that the primary causes were internal to the Soviet Union the crumbling economy, Gorbachev s democratic reforms, the hatred that existed between Gorbachev and Yeltsin, etc Whether or not the triumphal narrative is particularly strong, or particularly It wasn t quite the fourth of July John Stepanchuk, acting US consul in Kiev.Plokhy s stated goal here is to dispute the narrative, which according to him is generally accepted in the west, that the United States won the Cold War, arguing that the primary causes were internal to the Soviet Union the crumbling economy, Gorbachev s democratic reforms, the hatred that existed between Gorbachev and Yeltsin, etc Whether or not the triumphal narrative is particularly strong, or particularly widely believed, an attempt at clarification is generally a good thing.The irony of the aforementioned narrative, according to Plokhy, is that George H.W Bush and...

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    This details the undoing of the Soviet Union, basically between July and December, 1991, in very clear and readable prose I came to this book because, despite its being one of the great historic moments of the twentieth century at least , I knew next to nothing about it or its major players.Gorbachev who had ended the Cold War in 1989 had unloosed the democratic demon, leading to elected parliaments in the republics that formed the Soviet Union While he tried to maintain the central role of t This details the undoing of the Soviet Union, basically between July and December, 1991, in very clear and readable prose I came to this book because, despite its being one of the great historic moments of the twentieth century at least , I knew next to nothing about it or its major players.Gorbachev who had ended the Cold War in 1989 had...

  4. says:

    A clear, well researched, and well written history of the fall of the Soviet Union While the idea that the US caused the Soviet Union s collapse has been discredited, this myth has suited both the Americans who have used it for political gain and the Russians who have used it to dodge blame and accusations of incompetence Despite these, Plokhy stresses the role played by pure chance.In a lively, readable narrative Plokhy covers all of the private negotiations within the Soviet government an A clear, well researched, and well written history of the fall of the Soviet Union While the idea that the US caused the Soviet Union s collapse has been discredited, this myth has suited both the Americans who have used it for political gain and the Russi...

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    The Last Empire, by Serhii Plokhy, is a comprehensive and detailed account of the last few months of the Soviet Union It starts with the August Coup and ends with Gorbachev s resignation in December The book focuses on the Bush, Kravchuk, Gorbachev, and Yeltsin perspec...

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    Factual and InterestingI was a young father and serving in the military when these events took place I was surprised at how little I know of the events surrounding the end of the USSR, this book is well written and well researched, very enlightening.

  8. says:

    The Last Empire The Final Days of the Soviet Union answered a lot of my questions about the disintegration of the Soviet Union Especially the role of the Bush Presidencies involvement in the future of Russia and the other countries of the Soviet Union.

  9. says:

    This is a good book and an unique perspective on the collapse of the Soviet Union However, I think Mr Plokhy s thesis is at best circumstantial His claim is that the Soviet Union was falling not because of the financial difficulties and the archaic government system, but because of the independence movements in the nations that comprised of the Union, including Ukraine and Russia But the way that he presents the evidence makes it seem as the the nations declared their independence form the U This is a good book and an unique perspective on the collapse of the Soviet Union However, I think Mr Plokhy s thesis is at best circumstantial His claim is that the Soviet Union was falling not because of the financial difficulties and the archaic government system, but because of the independence movements in the nations that comprised of the Union, including Ukraine and Russia But the way that he p...

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    In short this is an excellent book Plokhy provides a masterful account of the Soviet Union s final days through regular first person accounts of the main players Readers new to the subject and intimidated by its apparent complexity may rest easy as the who, what, when, where, and why questions are not answered merely once and then dropped, but are referenced constantly when considering each stage of events The text takes the reader through the August Coup to Gorbachev s resignation speech In short this is an excellent book Plokhy provides a masterful account of the Soviet Union s final days through regular first person accounts of the main players Readers new to the subject and intimidated by its apparent complexity may rest easy as the who, what, when, where, and why questions are not answered merely once and then dropped, but are referenced constantly when considering each stage of events The text takes the reader through the August Coup to Gorbachev s resignation speech on Christmas Day Wisely, the author concentrates most of his attention on the power struggle between Gorbachev and Yeltsin and the other republican leaders in the aftermath of the coup attempt American efforts, to influence events in the crumbling Union also receive a thorough treatment My only criticisms relate to the author s consideration of the smaller republics and his final conclusions Re...

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