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Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire


Book Overview: Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

At the start of 1989, six European nations were Soviet vassal states. By year's end, they had all declared national independence and embarked on the road to democracy. How did it happen so quickly? Victor Sebestyen, who was on the scene as a reporter, draws on his firsthand knowledge of the events, on scores of interviews with witnesses and participants, and on newly uncovered archival material. He tells the story through the eyes of ordinary men and women as well as through the strategic moves of world leaders. He shows how the KGB helped bring down former allies; how the United States tried to slow the process; and why the collapse of the Iron Curtain was the catalyst for the fall of the entire Soviet empire.

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Publication Date2010-11-02
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Victor Sebestyen is an internationally acclaimed British author and journalist, renowned for his expert writing on historical non-fiction. Born in Budapest, Hungary, and raised in London, his unique perspective on global issues is informed by his Eastern European roots combined with Western education. Sebestyen's distinguished journalistic experience with leading news agencies, including Reuters and London's Evening Standard, enables him to bring a lucid and razor-sharp narrative to his works. Sebestyen's body of work is replete with several best-selling books that masterfully encapsulate significant global historical events. His books such as "Twelve Days", which revisits the 1956 Hungarian uprising, and "Revolution 1989", about the fall of the Berlin Wall, have been praised for their insightful and accessible recounting of complex historical events. His authoritative biography, "Lenin the Dictator", further underscores his prowess as a biographer, weaving extensive research with deep analysis to bring an intimate portrayal of one of history's pivotal figures. Victor Sebestyen's literary contributions have carved him a niche in the realm of historical literature. His meticulously detailed works have not only earned him numerous accolades but also have enriched the understanding of global history for his readers, making him a driving force in the industry. With his storytelling prowess and journalistic integrity intact, Sebestyen continues to shed light on past events, shaping the discourse on history for the current and future generations.

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