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The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union
Published by Basic Books
Serhii Plokhy tells a compelling, revelatory story about the final months of the Soviet Union and the birth of a new regional order centred on Russia. Using newly available sources, Plokhy illuminates the role of the American White House in the defence of the Russian one, and the critical part played by Ukraine in defining the outcome. The Last Empire tells us a great deal about the dynamics at play in Russia and Ukraine today. A wonderful read,” said Jury Chair William Thorsell.
The other shortlisted books for this year’s Lionel Gelber Prize were as follows: