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Human rights, perestroika, and the end of the Cold War /
Anatoly Adamishin and Richard Schifter.
Washington, D.C. : United States Institute of Peace, c2009.
xx, 297 p.
1601270402 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9781601270405 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Washington, D.C. : United States Institute of Peace, c2009.
1601270402 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781601270405 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-12-01:
The Soviet Union during the years of Mikhail Gorbachev's rule (1985-91) was the site of fascinating events as human rights developed and the country turned away from totalitarianism. However, this effort at reform backfired as the system collapsed, the Soviet Union ceased to exist, and Gorbachev was removed from office. The authors of this joint memoir were insiders and are therefore able to provide revealing insights into this fascinating historical period. Their analysis is a useful top-down presentation since Adamishin served Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze and Schifter was the chief human rights representative of US Secretary of State George Shultz. Their perspectives are nevertheless somewhat limited as they do not delve into grassroots activism on the part of Soviet and US human rights interest groups. The authors concur that Gorbachev was a committed reformer, but that he was forced to retrench once the US failed to provide sufficient backing for his agenda. They portray George H. W. Bush and members of his administration as the culprits in this regard, claiming that they did not believe that Gorbachev's reforms could succeed and favored Boris Yeltsin over Gorbachev. Such an interpretation is both interesting and controversial. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate, research, and professional collections. A. Klinghoffer emeritus, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden
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