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Midnight Diaries - Boris Yeltsin

Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Chronological Tables; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “Even his wife and daughter, his closest aides, did not know. On 28 December 1999, as the video tapes were rolling to cover the pre-taping of his annual New Year address, Boris Yeltsin, president of Russia for a decade, suddenly stopped the cameramen. The text must be rewritten. He has decided to resign, to retire. But no-one must know until the last moment, no-one must be allowed to steal his thunder.

This final twist in the story of the Yeltsin presidency is typical of a remarkable man, a powerful and commanding presence. Far from the incapacitated and sidelined leader as he was sometimes portrayed by the world’s media, Yeltsin demonstrates in these MIDNIGHT DIARIES that as, ever he was in control.

With a title taken from the fact that he kept notes and diaries throughout his presidency, mainly at the end of the day, Yeltsin offers perhaps the most personal memoirs of a recent world leader. How did he manage to survive at the top? One answer is the involvement of his daughter Tanya. Not only was she to be trusted totally, but being in her thirties and a computer scientist she represented the new generation coming to leadership in Russia.

Yeltsin reflects on the momentous vears as Russia shakes off the shackles of the former Soviet Union. In his relationships with other world leaders it is in the ‘Paris-Berlin-Moscow axis’, his friendships with Helmut Kohl and Jacques Chirac, that he sees his greatest foreign policy accomplishment. The warmth of this troika soon had Blair and Clinton lighting up the Kremlin hotlines, indignant that the Anglo-American relationship had been left out of this new European club.

And he looks back at the events that marked his presidency: the real impact of the 1991 coup, the tough decisions he was forced to make over Chechnya, why he hired and dismissed — a string of Prime Ministers. He docs not shrink from discussing the state of the Russian economy, the allegations of corruption, nor his own health.

Vivid and direct in the style of Yeltsin himself, MIDNIGHT DIARIES is an unprecedented account of a tumultuous period in the history of one of the great nations on earth.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXII] 398 pages.
£7.50