Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

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Phoenix, 2010 - Soviet Union - 451 pages
At the start of 1989, ten European nations were still Soviet vassal states. By the end of the year, one after another, they had thrown off communism, declared national independence, and embarked on the road to democracy. One of history's most brutal empires was on its knees. Poets who had been languishing in jails became vice presidents. When the Berlin Wall fell on a chilly November night it seemed as though the open wounds of the cruel twentieth century would at last begin to heal. The Year of Revolutions appeared as a beacon of hope for oppressed people elsewhere who dared to dream that they too could free themselves. Now, twenty years on, Victor Sebestyen reassesses this decisive moment in modern history.

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(5/12/14-12/12/14) This is an excellent, detailed and exciting narrative covering the events leading up to and during the almost simultaneous fall of communism in 1989 in the six central and east ... Read full review

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This book details what happened in the Warsaw Pact states in 1989: Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bugaria. Each chapter is a short summary of a specific event in a location ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Victor Sebestyen was born in Budapest. He was an infant when his family left Hungary as refugees. As a journalist, he has worked on numerous British newspapers. He reported widely from Eastern Europe when Communism collapsed in 1989. At the London Evening Standard he was foreign editor, media editor and chief leader writer. His first book, TWELVE DAYS, was highly acclaimed.

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