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By Stephen Kotkin

That includes wide revisions to the textual content in addition to a brand new creation and epilogue--bringing the e-book thoroughly modern at the tumultuous politics of the former decade and the long term implications of the Soviet collapse--this compact, unique, and fascinating e-book bargains the definitive account of 1 of the nice old occasions of the final fifty years.

Combining historic and geopolitical research with an soaking up narrative, Kotkin attracts upon large study, together with memoirs by way of dozens of insiders and senior figures, to light up the criteria that resulted in the dying of Communism and the USSR. the hot version places the cave in within the context of the worldwide monetary and political alterations from the Seventies to the current day. Kotkin creates a compelling profile of put up Soviet Russia and he reminds us, with chilling immediacy, of what couldn't were predicted--that the world's greatest police country, with numerous million troops, a doomsday arsenal, and an appalling checklist of violence, could liquidate itself with slightly a whimper. in the course of the booklet, Kotkin additionally paints shiny graphics of key personalities. utilizing lately published archive fabrics, for instance, he bargains a desirable photograph of Gorbachev, describing this virtuoso tactician and resolutely devoted reformer as "flabbergasted by means of the truth that his socialist renewal was once resulting in the system's liquidation"--and roughly going besides it.

At as soon as authoritative and provocative, Armageddon Averted illuminates the cave in of the Soviet Union, revealing how "principled restraint and scheming self-interest introduced a dangerous approach to meek dissolution."

Acclaim for the 1st Edition:

"The clearest photograph we need to date of the post-Soviet landscape."
--The New Yorker

"A triumph of the paintings of latest heritage. In fewer than 2 hundred pagesKotkin elucidates the implosion of the Soviet empire--the most crucial and startling sequence of overseas occasions of the previous fifty years--and sincerely spells out why, thank you nearly totally to the 'principal restraint' of the Soviet management, that cave in didn't bring about a cataclysmic conflict, as all specialists had lengthy forecasted."
-The Atlantic Monthly

"Concise and persuasive The secret, for Kotkin, isn't really quite a bit why the Soviet Union collapsed as why it did so with so little collateral damage."
--The manhattan assessment of Books

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