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Eight pieces of empire : a 20-year journey through the Soviet collapse, Lawrence Scott Sheets

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Eight pieces of empire : a 20-year journey through the Soviet collapse
Title
Eight pieces of empire
Title remainder
a 20-year journey through the Soviet collapse
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence Scott Sheets
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8 pieces of empire
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Language
eng
Summary
A detailed chronicle of the collapse of the Soviet Union is told through a series of episodes and vignettes to explore personal, political, and historical contributing factors as well as its ongoing repercussions
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Review
  • Currently a senior analyst of the South Caucasus region for the International Crisis Group and formerly Caucasus bureau chief for Reuters as well as Moscow bureau chief for NPR, Sheets has the wherewithal to portray the aftermath of the Soviet collapse. That the publisher beat out eight others in bidding for this book suggests an assumption of strong reader interest. Also check out Conor O'Clery's Moscow December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union (PublicAffairs. Aug. 2011. ISBN . $26.99). --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed June 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 10, p82)
  • Prosaic travels through the rubble of the Soviet Empire. Former NPR Moscow bureau chief Sheets has been a longtime resident of Russia, having arrived there as a student in the late 1980s and been privileged to see firsthand the reforms of the Gorbachev era and, soon thereafter, the collapse of the Soviet Union. As he writes here, not everyone in Russia or its former satellites was glad to see the Soviets go. One old survivor of the siege of Leningrad, for instance, faults current leader Vladimir Putin, a former KGB stalwart, for not being tough enough, even if he "had made Russia respected in the world again--if not an empire, then certainly a country to be taken seriously." Sheets travels through several post-Soviet landscapes, observing the war Chechnya as it was unfolding; he adds value to other accounts by being able to speak directly to the combatants in conversations that highlight, among other things, racism in the ranks. There are some revealing moments, as when former statesman Edvard Shevardnadze admits that he had not correctly foreseen the events that would sweep the Soviet state from power ("I was convinced the Soviet Union would disintegrate," he says. "But to be honest, I was off by 10 or 15 years"), and when Sheets travels into the "Stans," which he calls "some of the most quirky countries of earth." The author's accounts are evenhanded and trustworthy, but his prose limps along, pausing to remark on too man obvious points. Less of the expected nostrums and more on the gritty business of collecting news in dangerous places would have helped. A latecomer to the field, not strong enough to displace better books that cover the same ground, such as Marq de Villiers' Down the Volga (1992), Thomas Goltz's Chechnya Diary (2003) and Andrew Jack's Inside Putin's Russia (2004).(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2011)
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contains biographical information
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DLC
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Sheets, Lawrence Scott
Dewey number
947.085/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
DK286
LC item number
.S44 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Social change
  • Social change
  • Post-communism
  • Post-communism
  • Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union
  • Russia (Federation)
  • Soviet Union
  • Russia (Federation)
Target audience
adult
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a 20-year journey through the Soviet collapse
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Eight pieces of empire : a 20-year journey through the Soviet collapse, Lawrence Scott Sheets
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [315]-318)
Contents
Pt. 1: Farewell Leningrad, farewell empire (1989-1991). A civil war outside my door ; Our communal ; Tears of a KGB man ; A bigamist bandit and a button maker ; Sickle and hammer down : an empire's last hours -- Pt. 2: Georgia : anarchy in paradise (1992-1996). Nobody started this war ; Exodus ; Buried five times : insurgents in flat black nylons ; A word about war -- Pt. 3: Azerbaijan and Armenia at war (1993-1995). Azerbaijan : lifesaving carpets ; Armenia : a faded tintype of mount Ararat ; Azerbaijan : the Shish Kebab War and Eastern democracy -- Pt. 4: Chechnya : echoes of the deportation (1993-2004). Grenade, lightly tossed ; Grozny ; Three libertine sabotage women ; A disappearance ; Three boys seeking martyrdom -- Pt. 5: Resurrections : the abdication of atheism (1998-2005). A nameless bunch of bones ; A KGB church and latter-day saints -- Pt. 6: Central Asia : rise of the red sultans (2001-2002). Uzbekistan : I cannot answer that question ; An Afghan interlude ; The island of Dr. Moreau -- Pt. 7: Revolutions, reindeer, and radiation (2003-2011). The flaming recliner ; Last song of the Ultas ; Home, sweet Chernobyl ; The road to the schoolhouse -- Pt. 8: An empire epilogue
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 318 p.
Isbn
9780307395825
Lccn
2011023849
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ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn699763875
  • (OCoLC)699763875
  • 227580
Label
Eight pieces of empire : a 20-year journey through the Soviet collapse, Lawrence Scott Sheets
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [315]-318)
Contents
Pt. 1: Farewell Leningrad, farewell empire (1989-1991). A civil war outside my door ; Our communal ; Tears of a KGB man ; A bigamist bandit and a button maker ; Sickle and hammer down : an empire's last hours -- Pt. 2: Georgia : anarchy in paradise (1992-1996). Nobody started this war ; Exodus ; Buried five times : insurgents in flat black nylons ; A word about war -- Pt. 3: Azerbaijan and Armenia at war (1993-1995). Azerbaijan : lifesaving carpets ; Armenia : a faded tintype of mount Ararat ; Azerbaijan : the Shish Kebab War and Eastern democracy -- Pt. 4: Chechnya : echoes of the deportation (1993-2004). Grenade, lightly tossed ; Grozny ; Three libertine sabotage women ; A disappearance ; Three boys seeking martyrdom -- Pt. 5: Resurrections : the abdication of atheism (1998-2005). A nameless bunch of bones ; A KGB church and latter-day saints -- Pt. 6: Central Asia : rise of the red sultans (2001-2002). Uzbekistan : I cannot answer that question ; An Afghan interlude ; The island of Dr. Moreau -- Pt. 7: Revolutions, reindeer, and radiation (2003-2011). The flaming recliner ; Last song of the Ultas ; Home, sweet Chernobyl ; The road to the schoolhouse -- Pt. 8: An empire epilogue
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvi, 318 p.
Isbn
9780307395825
Lccn
2011023849
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn699763875
  • (OCoLC)699763875
  • 227580

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