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On December 25th, 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as president of the Soviet Union. With the stroke of a pen the totalitarian regime founded by Lenin and enforced by Stalin came to an end. In a new book, award winning journalist and writer Conor O’Clery offers a minute by minute account of this dramatic day. He also details many of the tumultuous events in the years leading up to the end of the Soviet Union, the bitter rivalry between Gorbachev and his successor Boris Yeltsin, and the defiance of once passive Soviet republics. Join us for a discussion on the end of the Soviet Union.
- Conor O'Clery GlobalPost's Ireland correspondent, former international correspondent for the Irish Times and author of several books, including "The Billionaire Who Wasn't."
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Excerpted from “Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union.” Copyright 2011 by Connor O’Clery. Excerpted by permission of PublicAffairs press:
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