After The Soviet Union

The superpower that helped vanquish Hitler, launched Sputnik, and vowed to "bury" the U.S. under an avalanche of pig iron and refrigerators is falling apart at stunning speed. For more than 40 years, its dour Communist leaders set the agenda for U.S. security policy. Now, they're gone--dead, fired, or arrested after a botched three-day coup. In their place is a confused collection of radical economists, national chauvinists, and democratic politicians. Grasping for power, they're splitting up the Soviet Union.

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