A fascinating, dramatic account of the last day of the Soviet Union and the intense rivalry between Gorbachev and Yeltsin
Journalist Conor O'Clery holds a unique perspective on the last years of the Soviet Union, having opened the first foreign bureau in Moscow for The Irish Times in 1987. He was subsequently foreign correspondent in Washington, Beijing and New York (witnessing first hand the 9/11 attacks). One of the most respected journalists in Ireland, he twice won Irish Journalist of the Year. He has written eight previous books, including Melting Snow- An Irishman in Moscow; The Greening of the White House, about the Clinton presidency; The Billionaire Who Wasn't, a biography of philanthropist Chuck Feeney; and May You Live in Interesting Times- Journals of an Accidental Correspondent.
"Conor O'Clery's book is a tour de force. It tells the story of one of the most momentous days of recent history with insight, passion and precision. Full of new material and fascinating stories, it is a must read for anyone interested in the fate of democracy in the modern world" -- Martin Sixsmith "Grips you from first to last" -- John Murray * Irish Independent * "Elegantly written... a superb storyteller" -- Victor Sebestyen * The Sunday Times * "A clear and exciting account of these momentous times, written by... one of the great reporters of our age" -- Peter Hitchens * Daily Mail * "A riveting read... rich in humour and humanity and replete with assured judgments" -- Judith Devlin * The Irish Times *