The dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the spread of Perestroika throughout the former Soviet bloc was a sea change in world history.
Here, acclaimed Russian historian Robert Service examines precisely how that change came about. Drawing on a vast and largely untapped range of sources, he builds a picture of the two men who spearheaded the breakthrough: Ronald Reagan, president of the United States; and Mikhail Gorbachev, last general secretary of the Soviet Union.
Authoritative, compelling and meticulously researched, this is political history at its best.
"The great nonfiction book of the year as a serious and fascinating dive into the events that shaped our world it cannot be bettered." (The Times)
"A riveting read." (The Telegraph)
"Our leading historian of the Soviet Union...magisterial." (Observer)
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Sound history, well read
- G Douglas Whistler
Robert Service delivers again
- Adrian J. Smith