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

By Richard Pipes

A major political determine in twentieth-century Russia, Alexander Yakovlev used to be the highbrow strength in the back of the techniques of perestroika (reconstruction) and glasnost (openness) that liberated the Soviet Union and japanese Europe from Communist rule among 1989 and 1991. but, beforehand, no longer a unmarried full-scale biography has been dedicated to him. In his examine of the unsung hero, Richard Pipes seeks to rectify this lacuna and provides Yakovlev his old due.

Yakovlev’s lifestyles offers a special example of a number one determine within the Soviet govt who advanced from a devoted Communist and Stalinist into an both ardent foe of every little thing the Leninist-Stalinist regime stood for. He surrender executive provider in 1991 and lived until eventually 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 learn includes elements: a biography of Yakovlev and Pipes’s translation of 2 vital articles by way of Yakovlev. it's going to entice experts and scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet reviews, executive officers concerned with overseas coverage, and normal readers attracted to the historical past of Russia and the Soviet Union.

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