Alexander Yakovlev: The Man Whose Ideas Delivered Russia - download pdf or read online

By Richard Pipes

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

Yakovlev’s lifestyles 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 little thing the Leninist-Stalinist regime stood for. He give up executive provider in 1991 and lived until eventually 2005, turning into towards the top of his lifestyles a classical western liberal who shared not one of the conventional Russian values.

Pipes’s illuminating research involves components: a biography of Yakovlev and Pipes’s translation of 2 very important articles by way of Yakovlev. it's going to entice experts and scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet reports, govt officers concerned with international coverage, and normal readers drawn to the heritage of Russia and the Soviet Union.

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