Alexander Yakovlev: The Man Whose Ideas Delivered Russia by Richard Pipes PDF

By Richard Pipes

A major political determine in twentieth-century Russia, Alexander Yakovlev was once the highbrow strength at the back of the procedures of perestroika (reconstruction) and glasnost (openness) that liberated the Soviet Union and jap Europe from Communist rule among 1989 and 1991. but, in the past, now not a unmarried full-scale biography has been dedicated to him. In his research of the unsung hero, Richard Pipes seeks to rectify this lacuna and provides Yakovlev his ancient due.

Yakovlev’s existence presents a special example of a number one determine within the Soviet executive who advanced from a devoted Communist and Stalinist into an both ardent foe of every thing the Leninist-Stalinist regime stood for. He hand over govt carrier in 1991 and lived till 2005, turning into towards the tip of his existence a classical western liberal who shared not one of the conventional Russian values.

Pipes’s illuminating examine includes elements: a biography of Yakovlev and Pipes’s translation of 2 very important articles by means of Yakovlev. it's going to attract experts and scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet experiences, executive officers concerned with overseas coverage, and normal readers drawn to the historical past of Russia and the Soviet Union.

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