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Description - Yeltsin by Timothy J. Colton

Even after his death in April 2007, Boris Yeltsin remains the most controversial figure in recent Russian history. Although Mikhail Gorbachev presided over the decline of the Communist party and the withdrawal of Soviet control over eastern Europe, it was Yeltsin-Russias first elected president-who buried the Soviet Union itself. Upon taking office, Yeltsin quickly embarked on a sweeping makeover of newly democratic Russia, beginning with a program of excruciatingly painful market reforms that earned him wide acclaim in the West and deep recrimination from many Russian citizens. In this, the first biography of Yeltsins entire life, Soviet scholar Timothy Colton traces Yeltsins development from a peasant boy in the Urals to a Communist party apparatchik, and then ultimately to a nemesis of the Soviet order. Based on unprecedented interviews with Yeltsin himself as well as scores of other Soviet officials, journalists, and businessmen, Colton explains how and why Yeltsin broke with single-party rule and launched his drive to replace it with democracy. Yeltsins colossal attempt to bring democracy to Russia remains one of the great, unfinished stories of our time. As anti-Western policies and rhetoric resurface in Putins increasingly bellicose Russia, Yeltsin offers essential insights into the past, present, and future of this vast and troubled nation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465012718
ISBN-10: 046501271X
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 162mm x mm)
Pages: 640
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 8-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Timothy J. Colton

Timothy J. Colton is Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies and Director of the Davis centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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