Stanford, California : Hoover Institution Press, 2015.
Book — xiii, 210 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Vitaly Leonidovich Katayev was an eyewitness to history as he saw the arms race accelerating at an absurd and inexplicable pace, and he understood why. His perspective was from inside the Soviet system, in an office that was devoted to analysis of arms control and defense matters in the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party and later in an interdepartmental working group. Vitaly Katayev was a skilled designer and an acute observer. His recollections in this book, along with documents he deposited at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, offer an extraordinary window into Soviet decisions and calculations. This monograph shows how Soviet leaders were often hobbled by a poor understanding of what was happening in the United States, but it also demonstrates that Americans, too, had a weak grasp of what was happening in Moscow, before and after Mikhail Gorbachev came to power. The misunderstandings on both sides were a symptom of the deepest chasm of the Cold War and A Memoir of the Missile Age provides a valuable key with which to open the Soviet black box. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
This is a fascinating and very lucid translation of the autobiography of a highly significant figure in post-Soviet Eastern Europe. This stimulating read is a remarkable account of the final days of the Soviet union, and gives invaluable insights to historians and political scientists, as well as the general reader. 'The night that stirred the world's conscience' so Vytautas Landsbergis, the first President of independent, post-Soviet Lithuania, describes the night of 13 January 1991. Thousands of Lithuanians rallied to defend their Parliament against Russian tanks many of them crushed under the tank treads. They ensured the return of their country 'to the map of Europe and the fold of Western society'. Landsbergis retraces the process which led to that memorable night, discussing influences upon himself. He was born into a family of Lithuanian patriots and his interest in music and in the arts generally deepened his awareness and appreciation of Lithuanian culture. He also discusses his country's history under both German and Soviet occupation. (source: Nielsen Book Data)