1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment
Modern Library, Paperback, 9780812966794, 197pp.
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
"From the Hardcover edition.
Jan T. Gross a native of Poland, also teaches at Princeton, where he is the Norman B. Tomlinson 16 and 48 Professor of War and Society. He was a 2001 National Book Award nominee for his widely acclaimed "Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland." His most recent book, "Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland after Auschwitz," was named one of the best books of the year by "The Washington Post." "From the Hardcover edition.""
"Following hard on the heels of Armageddon Averted, Stephen Kotkin has written a brilliantly original account of the fall of the Soviet empire. Almost everything on this subject up until now has been journalism. Kotkin's genius as an historian is to turn conventional wisdom on its head and force us to rethink completely a revolution we thought we understood merely because we lived through it." —Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard and author of The War of the World
"In this lively and fast-paced study, two distinguished Princeton historians, Stephen Kotkin and Jan Gross, analyze the 1989 revolution in Eastern Europe as a product of the political bankruptcy of 'uncivil society,' meaning the communist elite. Using the case studies of Poland, Romania, and the German Democratic Republic, the authors combine deep historical analysis of the development and failures of East European communism with brilliant insights into the events of 1989 themselves. The book makes a critical contribution to our understanding of the annus mirabilis." —Norman M. Naimark, Robert and Florence McDonnell Chair of East European History at Stanford University