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REVOLUTION 1989 The Fall of the Soviet Empire

by | Read by Paul Hecht

History • 18.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2009

Sebestyen’s history fills in many blanks for the listener on what really happened in each Eastern European Soviet bloc nation as it seized the sudden opportunity to free itself from Stalinist communism. The events were utterly unexpected by nearly everybody concerned, including the U.S. and the Soviets themselves. Both massive debt and the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev played critical parts. Paul Hecht narrates with dispassionate interest, pronouncing difficult words and parsing each sentence logically. Hecht stresses the key information without drama or high emotion. The focus is on Romania, Hungary, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany; there's not much about the other satellites or Russia itself. This is a learning experience par excellence. D.R.W. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2010]



Library Ed. • Recorded Books • 2009

CS ISBN 9781440750700 $113.75 • Sixteen cassettes

CD ISBN 978-1-4407-5072-4 $123.75 • Sixteen CDs

DD ISBN multiple sources

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