Final Days: The Inside Story of the Collapse of the Soviet Union

By Andrei S. Grachev; Margo Milne | Go to book overview

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English edition copyright © 1995 by Westview Press, Inc., A Division of HarperCoflins Publishers, Inc.

Published in 1995 in the United States of America by Westview Press, Inc., 5500 Central Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80301-2877, and in the United Kingdom by Westview Press, 12 Hid's Copse Road, Cumnor Hill, Oxford OX2 9JJ

First published in France as L'Histoire vraie de la fin de l'URSS © 1992 by Editions du Rocher

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Grachev, A. S.

[Dal 'she bez meni + a + ͡-English Final days: the inside story of the collapse of the Soviet Union / Andrei S. Grachev; with a foreword by Archie Brown; translated by Margo Milne.

p. cm.

Also published in French as L'histoire vraie de la fin de l'URSS. Includes index. ISBN 0-8133-2206-5

1. Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich, 1931- . 2. Presidents--Soviet Union--Biography. 3. Soviet Union--Politics and government--1985-1991. I. Title. DK290.3.G67G7313 1995 947.085′4′092--dc20

[B] 95-16424

CIP

The paper used in this publication meets the requirements of the American National Standard for Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials Z39.48-1984.

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Final Days: The Inside Story of the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword - ARCHIE BROWN ix
  • Preface xv
  • Mending the Breach 1
  • Reinforcements From The Second Front 13
  • On a Crumbling Verge 33
  • A President Without a Country 47
  • One Last Mission For the Union 59
  • On the Eve Of the Seventy-Fourth Anniversary Of the October Revolution 85
  • The Mirage Of a Confederal State 97
  • A Free Man With Nothing to Fear 113
  • A Cloud in Trousers 119
  • Fight to the Finish 127
  • Final Hours 145
  • Checking the Pulse 153
  • Last Rites 159
  • Burying a Time Capsule 169
  • Departure 175
  • Afterword: - A Mythical Kingdom Vanishes--Again 195
  • Appendix: Resignation Speech of Mikhail Gorbachev - Delivered at 7:00 P.M. on December 25, 1991 203
  • Notes 207
  • About the Book and Author 214
  • Index 215
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