By Richard Pipes

A major political determine in twentieth-century Russia, Alexander Yakovlev was once the highbrow strength at the back of the procedures of perestroika (reconstruction) and glasnost (openness) that liberated the Soviet Union and jap Europe from Communist rule among 1989 and 1991. but, in the past, 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 lifestyles offers a special example of a number one determine within the Soviet govt who advanced from a committed Communist and Stalinist into an both ardent foe of every thing the Leninist-Stalinist regime stood for. He hand over govt provider in 1991 and lived till 2005, changing into towards the tip of his lifestyles a classical western liberal who shared not one of the conventional Russian values.

Pipes’s illuminating examine includes elements: a biography of Yakovlev and Pipes’s translation of 2 vital articles via Yakovlev. it's going to entice experts and scholars of Soviet and post-Soviet reviews, executive officers concerned with international coverage, and common readers drawn to the historical past of Russia and the Soviet Union.

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