Morrison has written not so much a proper biography of Yeltsin-although parts of the life story are there, drawn largely from Yeltsin's own memoir-as a lucid, elaborate account of Yeltsin's part in the dramatic politics of the Soviet Union in its last three years. A journalist for Reuters, Morrison makes good use of speeches, the analyses of Western specialists and his own on-the-spot conversations to reconstruct the key stages in Yeltsin's mighty struggle with Gorbachev and the dying regime he led. More than anything else Morrison helps the reader see how little Gorbachev understood the emergence of Russia, in contrast to Yeltsin, who did fully.
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