The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union




      The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union
On Christmas Day 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Soviet Union By the next day the USSR was officially no and the USA had emerged as the world s sole superpower Award winning historian Serhii Plokhy presents a page turning account of the preceding five months of drama, filled with failed coups d tat and political intrigue.Honing in on this previously disregarded but crucial period and using recently declassified documents and original interviews with key participants, he shatters the established myths of 1991 and presents a bold new interpretation of the Soviet Union s final months Plokhy argues that contrary to the triumphalist Western narrative, George H W Bush desperately wanted to preserve the Soviet Union and keep Gorbachev in power, and that it was Ukraine and not the US that played the key role in the collapse of the Soviet Union The consequences of those five months and the myth making that has since surrounded them are still being felt in Crimea, Russia, the US, and Europe today.With its spellbinding narrative and strikingly fresh perspective, The Last Empire is the essential account of one of the most important watershed periods in world history, and is indispensable reading for anyone seeking to make sense of international politics today. New Download [ The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union ] Author [ Serhii Plokhy ] – bluevapours.co.uk

Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History and Director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, where he was also named Walter Channing Cabot Fellow in 2013 A leading authority on Eastern Europe, he has lived and taught in Ukraine, Canada, and the United States He has published extensively in English, Ukrainian, and Russian For three successive years 2002 2005 his books won first prize of the American Association for Ukrainian Studies.For his Ukrainian language profile, please see


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  • 17 May 2017

10 thoughts on “ The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union

  1. Patrick Blackburn says:

    Simply put, this is a stunning book It s not every day an author is able to rewrite history, and do so credibly When I read, on the inside cover, the following sentence the collapse of the Soviet Union was anything but the handiwork of the United States, I feared that it was going to attempt to diminish the role the U.S played On the contrary I have read about 20 books on the subject and this is one of the best accounts of US Russia relations from 1980 present Hoffman s The Dead Han Simply put, this is a stunning book It s not every day an author is able to rewrite history, and do so credibly When I read, on the inside cover, the following sentence the collapse of the Soviet Union was anything but the handiwork of the United States, I feared that it was going to attempt to diminish the role the U.S played On the contrary I have read about 20 books on the subject and this is one of the best accounts of US Russia relations from 1980 present Hoffman s The Dead Hand is another After reading The Last Empire, I have a greater appreciation of the actions George Bush HW took ...

  2. Mike says:

    It wasn t quite the fourth of July John Stepanchuk, acting US consul in Kiev Plokhy s stated goal here is to dispute the narrative, which according to him is generally accepted in the west, that the United States won the Cold War, arguing that the primary causes were internal to the Soviet Union the crumbling economy, Gorbachev s democratic reforms, the hatred that existed between Gorbachev and Yeltsin, etc Whether or not the triumphal narrative is particularly strong, or particularly It wasn t quite the fourth of July John Stepanchuk, acting US consul in Kiev Plokhy s stated goal here is to dispute the narrative, which according to him is generally accepted in the west, that the United States won the Cold War, arguing that t...

  3. Jerome says:

    A clear, well researched, and well written history of the fall of the Soviet Union While the idea that the US caused the Soviet Union s collapse has been discredited, this myth has suited both the Americans who have used it for political gain and the Russians who have used it to dodge blame and accusations of incompetence Despite these, Plokhy stresses the role played by pure chance.In a lively, readable narrative Plokhy covers all of the private negotiations within the Soviet government an A clear, well researched, and well written history of the fall of the Soviet Union While the idea that the US caused the Soviet Union s collapse has been discredit...

  4. Richard says:

    This details the undoing of the Soviet Union, basically between July and December, 1991, in very clear and readable prose I came to this book because, despite its being one of the great historic moments of the twentieth century at least , I knew next to nothing about it or its major players.Gorbachev who had ended the Cold War in 1989 had unloosed the democratic demon, leading to elected parliaments in the republ...

  5. Matthew says:

    The Last Empire, by Serhii Plokhy, is a comprehensive and detailed account of the last few months of the Soviet Union It starts with the August Coup and ends with Gorbachev s resignation in December The book focuses on the Bush, Kravchuk, Gorbachev, and Yelts...

  6. Marv says:

    The Last Empire The Final Days of the Soviet Union answered a lot of my questions about the disintegration of the Soviet Union Especially the role of the Bush Presidencies involvement in the future of Russia and the other countries of the Soviet Union.

  7. Jonathan says:

    With the Last Empire, Serhii Plokhy attempts to clarify the events leading to the collapse of the Soviet Union in a definitive account The book has already been hailed as an essential text on the greatest tragedy of the late 20th century, and it deserves the acclaim The Last Empire primarily deals with the events leading to December 26th, 1991 There is a brief primer on the policies of glasnost and perestroika and Mikhail Gorbachev s administration, bu...

  8. Daniel Greear says:

    I picked The Last Empire up thinking it would be about the decline of the Soviet Union in the 1980s and into the early part of the 90s Little did I realize that the USSR fell apart rather rapidly in 1991, only now do I realize how fortunate the world was that it fell apart with a whimper and not a bang or nuclear holocaust.Plokhy does a good job of providing a day by day of the events of 1991 From Gorbachev s last days, the liberalizations of Russia, Ukraine, and other nations formerly of I picked The Last Empire up thinking it would be about the decline of the Soviet Union in the 1980s and into the early part of the 90s Little did I realize that the USSR fell apart rather rapidly in 1991, only now do I realize how fortunate the world was that it fell apart with a whimper and not a bang or nuclear holocaust.Plokhy does a good job of providing a day by day of the events of 1991 From Gorbachev s last days, the liberalizations of Russia, Ukraine, and other nations formerly of the USSR, America s foreign policy towards the USSR in its last days, and the rise of Boris Yeltsin, this book comes at you from all angles and definitely brings a non expert up to speed quickly.This was a topic I admittedly knew very little about but found quite interesting I felt some of the book provided two much detail but for the most part, it was entertaining to read I will say that Mikhail Gorbachev must be the tragic hero of the USSR His policies of glasnost and perestroika led t...

  9. Julian Douglass says:

    This is a good book and an unique perspective on the collapse of the Soviet Union However, I think Mr Plokhy s thesis is at best circumstantial His claim is that the Soviet Union was falling not because of the financial difficulties and the archaic government system, but because of the independence movements in the nations that comprised of the Union, including Ukraine and Russia But the way that he presents the evidence makes it seem as the the nations declared their independence form the U This is a good book and an unique perspective on the collapse of the Soviet Union However, I think Mr Plokhy s thesis is at best circumstantial His claim is that the Soviet Union was falling not because of the financial difficulties and the archaic government system, but because of the independence movements in the nations that comprised of the Union, includ...

  10. Eric says:

    In short this is an excellent book Plokhy provides a masterful account of the Soviet Union s final days through regular first person accounts of the main players Readers new to the subject and intimidated by its apparent complexity may rest easy as the who, what, when, where, and why questions are not answered merely once and then dropped, but are referenced constantly when considering each stage of events The text takes the reader through the August Coup to Gorbachev s resignation speech In short this is an excellent book Plokhy provides a masterful account of the Soviet Union s final days through regular first person accounts of the main players Readers new to the subject and intimidated by its apparent complexity may rest easy as the who, what, when, where, and why questions are not answered merely once and then dropped, but are referenced constantly when considering each stage of events The text takes the reader through the August Coup to Gorbachev s resignation speech on Christmas Day Wisely, the author concentrates most of his attention on the power struggle between Gorbachev and Yeltsin and the other republican leaders in the aftermath of the coup attempt American efforts, to influence events in the crumbling Union also receive a thorough treatment My only criticisms relate to the author s consideration of the smaller republics and his final conclusions Regarding the former, Plokhy does a superb job of discussing Russia, Ukraine, and, to a lesser...

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