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 methods of perestroika (reconstruction) and glasnost (openness) that liberated the Soviet Union and japanese Europe from Communist rule among 1989 and 1991. but, previously, now not a unmarried full-scale biography has been dedicated to him. In his learn of the unsung hero, Richard Pipes seeks to rectify this lacuna and provides Yakovlev his ancient due.

Yakovlev’s existence offers a distinct example of a number one determine within the Soviet govt who developed from a devoted Communist and Stalinist into an both ardent foe of every thing the Leninist-Stalinist regime stood for. He give up executive carrier in 1991 and lived till 2005, turning into towards the tip of his lifestyles a classical western liberal who shared not one of the conventional Russian values.

Pipes’s illuminating examine comprises elements: a biography of Yakovlev and Pipes’s translation of 2 vital articles through Yakovlev. it's going to attract experts and scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet reports, govt officers concerned with overseas coverage, and normal readers drawn to the historical past of Russia and the Soviet Union.

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