General Alexander Lebed: My Life and My Country

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Regnery Publishing, Sep 1, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 385 pages
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General Alexander Lebed is the most popular leader in Russia and its likely next president. Now, here is the brawling autobiography of this paratrooper, politician, peacemaker, and patriot. General Lebed's story takes readers from vodka-sodden arguments settled by teeth-rattling fisticuffs in Russian army barracks, to the chaos of the attempted coup against Gorbachev and Yeltsin (in which Lebed took orders from both Yeltsin and the coup-minded military officers), to Russia's volatile present and its undetermined future. Here are Lebed's controversial thoughts on NATO expansion, Russia's political and economic relations with the United States and the West, and the outlook for Russian democracy and free-market reforms. The most important international political book of the year, General Alexander Lebed: My Life and My Country provides unparalleled insight into the likely leader of the nuclear power that covers one-sixth of the globe, that neighbors a resurgent China and a triumphant NATO, and that is confronting economic turmoil and multi-ethnic conflict.
 

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GENERAL ALEXANDER LEBED: My Life and My Country

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This memoir—by the general brought in to enable Yeltsin to win the last election—is thoughtful and clear-eyed on military matters, but on politics it sounds like the officers' mess after midnight ... Read full review

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Whether or not Lebed, the subject of Benjamen Lambeth's The Warrior Who Would Rule Russia (LJ 1/97), becomes the next president of Russia, as some expect, he has provided a vivid and brutal account of ... Read full review

Contents

Admit Him on Probation
1
Under a Cadet s Parachute
21
Inspection
35
On the Roads of Afghanistan
49
A Call to the Future PART 2 Bringing My Troops to Combat Readiness
51
The Severed Ring
61
In the Bagram Valley
70
The Nijrab Operation
84
Trouble in Tbilisi
213
Black January in Baku
221
Back to the Ballot Box
239
Surprises Before the Final Curtain
245
The Sixtieth Anniversary of the Airborne Troops
253
MoscowGozhePorechye
261
Potato Pickers in Uniform
265
The Last Parade
269

At Makhmudraki
94
Garrison Days 11
102
The April Operation 11
111
Coming Home 11
116
Parades and Ordinary Days
147
The Agony Begins
165
To Azerbaijan
173
Elections Made to Order
199
The Heartless Adventures of General Serdechny
203
The Calm Before the Storm
279
A Spectacle Called a Putsch
297
In a Tailspin
323
Why Am I Mad About Our Great Powers Fate?
331
Russias Strife
357
My Country The West and The Future
369
IHDEX
379
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