Autopsy for an Empire: The Seven Leaders who Built the Soviet Regime

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Simon and Schuster, 1998 - History - 572 pages
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The late Dmitri Volkogonov emerged in the last decade of his life as the preeminent Russian historian of this century. Working tirelessly, at first at great personal risk, he explored every inch of previously off-limits archives to write a series of devastating biographies - of Lenin, Stalin, and Trotsky - which at last ripped the veils of Soviet lies that had swathed each of the three great founders. His crowning achievement, however, is the account of the seven General Secretaries of the Soviet Empire in Autopsy for an Empire, a book that tells the entire history of the Soviet failure. He worked feverishly on the manuscript, despite a losing battle with cancer, and finished it just prior to his death in 1995.
 

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A remarkable and unique insight into the character and history of the seven leaders whose careers spanned the birth and death of the Soviet Union. Unique because Volkogonov (Stalin, 1991; Trotsky ... Read full review

Contents

Joseph Stalin
83
Nikita Khrushchev
181
Leonid Brezhnev
262
Yuri Andropov
329
Konstantin Chernenko
383
Mikhail Gorbachev
432
Postscript
530
Index
557
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