Journalist Conor O'Clery holds a unique perspective on the last years of the Soviet Union, having opened the first foreign bureau in Moscow for The Irish Times in 1987. He was subsequently foreign correspondent in Washington, Beijing and New York. One of the most respected journalists in Ireland, he twice won Irish Journalist of the Year. He has written eight previous books.
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The Last Day of the Soviet Union
Conor O'Clery has written a unique and truly suspenseful thriller of the day the Soviet Union died.
"Shrewd political history...O'Clery presents a colorful human-scale saga, full of pathos and pettiness. (As Gorbachev was preparing his farewell address, Yeltsin sent minions to evict his family from their dacha.) But he also illuminates larger historical forces: the revival of nationalist politics in the breakaway Soviet republics; the desperate food shortages as the command economy lost its authority; the social enervation that left no one willing to defend the Soviet system by force. The result is a revealing portrait of one of history's greatest upheavals." - Publishers Weekly
Released Tue Aug 23 00:00:00 UTC 2016