Through sources and documents, The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union by Richard Sakwa places the Soviet experience in historical and comparative context. The author introduces each source in this volume fully and provides commentary and analysis.
Using eye-witness accounts, official documents and new materials which have just come to light, Richard Sakwa gives an historical overview of the Soviet Union from the revolution of 1906 to the fall of the regime.
'As the collection proceeds, the reader gets a real sense of the USSRs accumulating problems To relate coherently such a complex history in documents, as Richard Sawka has done in this valuable book, is a fine achievement.' - Murray Frame, The Journal of the History Association
'Sakwa has done students of Soviet politics a service by bringing together such an eclectic and fascinating collection its merits are many the breadth of knowledge of sources and the author's historical perspective make the text an extremely valuable one.' - Political Studies