A fascinating account of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the development and victory of independence movements throughout the republics. Details the broader history of the Soviet Empirefrom the brutal abuses of Stalin and Brezhnev to the politics of Gorbachev and Yeltsin. Includes firsthand interviews with those involved in reshaping Soviet politics.
This rewritten and updated version of 1990's The Hidden Nations sustains the authors' focus on the nationalities of the former Soviet Union. Photos. (May)