This is the first work to set one of the great bloodless revolutions of the twentieth century in its proper historical context. John Dunlop pays particular attention to Yeltsin's role in opposing the covert resurgence of Communist interests in post-coup Russia, and faces the possibility that new institutions may not survive long enough to sink roots in a traditionally undemocratic culture.
One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1994 "The first serious attempt to analyze the last six years of the Soviet Union from the perspective of that union's largest member, the Russian Federation. The task is formidable, but Dunlop undertakes it with style and clarity."--Peter Reddaway, The New York Review of Books "Through a judicious mix of well-chosen detail and a good feel for the peculiarities of the Russian scene, Dunlop has produced a book equally valuable to someone trying to understand how Gorbachev's perestroika came a cropper and to someone who needs to know the immediate background of the Russia we now have."--Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs "There is no doubt that students of Russian politics will return often to this wellspring of original information and insights."--Charles King, The Times Higher Educational Supplement "There are few better guides than Dunlop to the complexities of Russian national politics."--Slavonic Review "John B. Dunlop's study of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the attendant revitalization of Russia is a comprehensive account of the recent events that transpired during this remarkable transformation of political power... Using a plethora of available sources, including written accounts, archival documents, personal interviews, and firsthand observation, Dunlop delivers finely textured portraits of the leading political actors, groups, and organizations involved in this complex story... an excellent book, well written and well researched."--James W. Lamare, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science "[Dunlop] has written what is undoubtedly one of the best books on the last years of the Soviet Union... Every specialist on Russian politics or Soviet history should buy this thought-provoking volume."--Europe-Asia Studies