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Revolution 1989 : the fall of the Soviet empire

Author: Victor Sebestyen
Publisher: Pantheon Books, New York : Pantheon Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: Revolution 1989 is the first in-depth, authoritative account of a few months that changed the world. At the start of 1989, six European nations were Soviet vassal states. By year's end, they had all declared national independence and embarked on the road to democracy. How did it happen so quickly? Why did the USSR capitulate so readily? Victor Sebestyen, who was on the scene as a reporter, draws  Read more...
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Sebestyen, Victor, 1956-
Revolution 1989.
New York : Pantheon Books, ©2009
(OCoLC)762623620
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Victor Sebestyen
ISBN: 9780375425325 0375425322
OCLC Number: 303038074
Description: xxi, 451 pages [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
Acknowledgements --
Map of Europe in 1989 --
Introduction --
Prologue --
Part 1: Cold War --
1: Workers' state --
2: Message of hope --
3: Solidarity --
4: Electrician --
5: Civil War --
6: Bleeding wound --
7: Power of the powerless --
8: Able archer --
9: America's leading dove --
10: Pyrrhic victory --
Part 2: Thaw --
11: New Tsar --
12: Sword and shield --
13: Lenin's apostle --
14: Silent memories --
15: We cannot win --
16: Let them hate --
17: Chernobyl: nuclear disaster --
18: Ethnic cleansing --
19: Humbled in Red Square --
20: Gang of four --
21: Gorbachev's Vietnam --
22: Old men's tales --
23: Endgame in Poland --
24: President Bush takes charge --
25: Triumph in Manhattan --
Part 3: Revolution --
26: War of words --
27: Havel in jail --
28: Round table --
29: Shoot to kill --
30: Friendship bridge --
31: Curtain falls --
32: Cautious American --
33: Loyal opposition --
34: Dictator pays his debts --
35: Stolen election --
36: Expulsion of the Turks --
37: Landslide --
38: Funeral in Budapest --
39: Presidential tour --
40: Trail of the Trabants --
41: Government of dissidents --
42: Refugees --
43: Birthday party --
44: People power --
45: Wall comes tumbling down --
46: Coup --
47: Velvet revolution --
48: Moment of weakness --
Finale --
References --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Victor Sebestyen.
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From the Publisher: Revolution 1989 is the first in-depth, authoritative account of a few months that changed the world. At the start of 1989, six European nations were Soviet vassal states. By year's end, they had all declared national independence and embarked on the road to democracy. How did it happen so quickly? Why did the USSR capitulate so readily? Victor Sebestyen, who was on the scene as a reporter, draws on his firsthand knowledge of the events of 1989, on scores of interviews with witnesses and participants, and on newly uncovered archival material to answer these questions in unprecedented depth. He tells the story through the eyes of ordinary men and women as well as through the strategic moves of world leaders. He shows how the KGB helped bring down former allies; how the United States tried to slow the process; and why the collapse of the Iron Curtain was the catalyst for the fall of the entire Soviet empire.

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