As press secretary to Mikhail Gorbachev, Andrei Grachev witnessed and recorded many events unobserved by the general public. In this engaging and compelling book, he recounts these episodes in vivid detail, interpreting them in the context of the time. Highlighted are top-level meetings with Western leaders; State Council debates on a new treaty of union (promising, until Gorbachev and Yeltsin sparred over Russia's policy toward the Chechen republic); and Gorbachev's private talks with leading members of government, business, and religious and cultural circles from around the world.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Preface -- Mending the Breach -- Reinforcements from the Second Front -- On a Crumbling Verge -- A President Without a Country -- One Last Mission for the Union -- On the Eve of the Seventy-Fourth Anniversary of the October Revolution -- The Mirage of a Confederal State -- “A Free Man with Nothing to Fear” -- “A Cloud in Trousers” -- Fight to the Finish -- Final Hours -- Checking the Pulse -- Last Rites -- Burying a Time Capsule -- Departure -- Afterword: A Mythical Kingdom Vanishes—Again -- Appendix: Resignation Speech of Mikhail Gorbachev