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The Future Belongs To Freedom
The Future Belongs To Freedom
By Eduard Shevardnadze
The Free Press, 1991, 280 pp

Shevardnadze does much more than even the scores with critics of the foreign policy revolution he did so much to author, although that appears to be the major reason he has written this, his first book in any language. He does more than trace the intellectual and political odyssey that led to the great breakthroughs in U.S.-Soviet relations, Soviet-European relations and the Sino-Soviet conflict, although that is the particular value of the book. He also succeeds in conveying an engaging and compelling self-portrait, a part of which is a remarkable capacity for both self-criticism and at times startlingly deep insights into the nature of Russia, Georgia and the Soviet order. The book, as he is at pains to underscore, is not a "history of the personalities of perestroika," not an insider's tale of politics behind the scenes.