Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 23, 2011 - History - 528 pages
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"One of the great stories of our time . . . a wonderful anecdotal history of a great drama."
--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

As Washington Post correspondent in Moscow, Warsaw, and Yugoslavia in the final decade of the Soviet empire, Michael Dobbs had a ringside seat to the extraordinary events that led to the unraveling of the Bolshevik Revolution.  From Tito's funeral to the birth of Solidarity in the Gda´nsk shipyard, from the tragedy of Tiananmen Square to Boris Yeltsin standing on a tank in the center of Moscow, Dobbs saw it all.

The fall of communism was one of the great human dramas of our century, as great a drama as the original Bolshevik revolution. Dobbs met almost all of the principal actors, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Walesa, Václav Havel, and Andrei Sakharov. With a sweeping command of the subject and the passion and verve of an eyewitness, he paints an unforgettable portrait of the decade in which the familiar and seemingly petrified Cold War world--the world of Checkpoint Charlie and Dr. Strangelove--vanished forever.


"Down with Big Brother ranks very high among the plethora of books about the fall of the Soviet Union and the death throes of Communism. It is possibly the most vividly written of the lot."
-- Adam B. Ulam, Washington Post Book World


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Review: Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

User Review  - Todd Watson - Goodreads

This is the second Dobbs' book I've read (the first was "Six Months in 1945"), and I enjoyed this one as much or more so than the first. It paints nice, broad strokes over the fall of the Soviet ... Read full review

Review: Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire

User Review  - Goodreads

This is the second Dobbs' book I've read (the first was "Six Months in 1945"), and I enjoyed this one as much or more so than the first. It paints nice, broad strokes over the fall of the Soviet ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Michael Dobbs is also Lord Dobbs of Wylye, a member of the British House of Lords. He is Britain's leading political novelist and has been a senior adviser to Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron. His bestselling books include House of Cards, which was made into an award winning TV series in the UK and is currently being remade into a major US television series by Kevin Spacey and the director David Fincher. Read more on his website - www.michaeldobbs.com.

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