Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Last Day of the Soviet Union

In their new book about the state of America today, Thom Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum talk of the end of the Cold War as perhaps the seminal event that reshaped the America we have today. Suddenly without an enemy, we had to redefine who we were and what we represented as a nation. Yet as important as that event was, we know little about what really went on inside the former Soviet Union that precipitated its breakup, or it’s real impact inside Russia today. Conor O'Clery lived and reported from the former Soviet Union in it's final days, up to and including Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union.

My conversation with Conor O'Clery:

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