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By Richard Pipes

ISBN-10: 0875804942

ISBN-13: 9780875804941

ISBN-10: 0875807488

ISBN-13: 9780875807485

A major political determine in twentieth-century Russia, Alexander Yakovlev used to be the highbrow strength at the back of the strategies of perestroika (reconstruction) and glasnost (openness) that liberated the Soviet Union and jap Europe from Communist rule among 1989 and 1991. but, earlier, 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 old due.

Yakovlev’s lifestyles presents a special example of a number one determine within the Soviet govt who advanced from a committed Communist and Stalinist into an both ardent foe of every little thing the Leninist-Stalinist regime stood for. He surrender govt provider in 1991 and lived till 2005, changing into towards the top of his existence a classical western liberal who shared not one of the conventional Russian values.

Pipes’s illuminating learn includes elements: a biography of Yakovlev and Pipes’s translation of 2 vital articles via Yakovlev. it's going to attract experts and scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet reviews, govt officers concerned with international coverage, and common readers attracted to the historical past of Russia and the Soviet Union.

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