The Resource Autopsy on an empire : the American ambassador's account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Jack F. Matlock, Jr

Autopsy on an empire : the American ambassador's account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Jack F. Matlock, Jr

Label
Autopsy on an empire : the American ambassador's account of the collapse of the Soviet Union
Title
Autopsy on an empire
Title remainder
the American ambassador's account of the collapse of the Soviet Union
Statement of responsibility
Jack F. Matlock, Jr
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • As the United States ambassador to Moscow during the Gorbachev period and Ronald Reagan's full-time go-between with the Soviet leadership, Jack Matlock couldn't have been in a better position to observe the collapse of the Soviet Union. A career diplomat, fluent in Russian, with a scholarly grasp of Russian history and culture, Matlock served in the USSR for most of his career and knew the men in the Kremlin well. He had traveled widely in the Soviet Union - more widely perhaps than most Soviet officials - and had seen firsthand the discontent in the captive republics. Since the dissolution of the union began in these republics, Matlock was uniquely placed to anticipate and interpret the process as it unfolded. Yet even he was surprised by the speed and finality with which the rickety empire gave way
  • Though Matlock writes that a definitive version of these events can never be told, it is unlikely that a more intimate and knowledgeable account of the rise and fall of Gorbachev and the collapse of the Soviet empire will ever be written. A first-rate historian and a powerful writer, Matlock offers new insight into the contrasting policies and personal approaches of President Reagan, who dreamed of changing the Soviet Union, and President Bush, who witnessed a collapse he tried to prevent. Drawing on frequent private meetings, he explains the agenda behind Reagan's "evil empire" speech and describes how Gorbachev developed his program for reform, and why he failed
Cataloging source
DLC
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Matlock, Jack F
Dewey number
327.47073
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DK288
LC item number
.M386 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union
  • United States
Label
Autopsy on an empire : the American ambassador's account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Jack F. Matlock, Jr
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [810]-817) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 836 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780679413769
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95013833
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u937688-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJG-2842
  • 02627
  • (OCoLC)32272836
Label
Autopsy on an empire : the American ambassador's account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, Jack F. Matlock, Jr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [810]-817) and index
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
viii, 836 p., [16] p. of plates
Isbn
9780679413769
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
95013833
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u937688-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJG-2842
  • 02627
  • (OCoLC)32272836

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