The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union
Released! 06/02/2015
The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union
by Serhii Plokhy
Paperback

On Christmas Day, 1991, President George H. W. Bush addressed the nation to declare an American victory in the Cold War: earlier that day Mikhail Gorbachev had resigned as the first and last Soviet president. The enshrining of that narrative, one in which the end of the Cold War was linked to the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the triumph of democratic values over communism, took center stage in American public discourse immediately after Bush’s speech and has persisted for deca... read more