The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire
For more than 80 years, the Soviet Empire cast an ever-lengthening shadow across the face of the world. Lenin’s ruthless legacy consumed Eastern Europe and toppled governments on virtually every continent. Yet at the moment when the Empire appeared to have reached its zenith, it collapsed like a house of cards.
“Brian Crozier’s definitive history of the Soviet Empire is a chilling account of an ideology that haunted our century.” — Henry Kissinger
In this seminal work, the eminent British writer and historian Brian Crozier tells the brutal history of the Soviet Empire—its birth, life, and sudden death. The book begins at the beginning, in 1917, when the oversized dreams of Lenin and the happenstance of events conspired to change the course of history. In meticulous detail, Crozier follows the Soviet conquests across Europe and into Asia, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere. He uses recently declassified information from Soviet archives to add texture and depth to familiar parts of the story—the betrayal at Yalta, the terror of Stalin, the tragedy of Hungary, the split with China, the false hope of Prague Spring, the rise of Castro, the invasion of Afghanistan, and the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. Revealed along the way is the dark underside of a regime whose march toward supremacy resulted in the loss of tens of millions of lives. The book concludes with reflections on the extraordinary disintegration of Lenin’s utopia and the seemingly endless chaos left in its wake.
Provocative, comprehensive, and majestic in scope, The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire is the definitive account of history’s most turbulent days.