Midnight Diaries by Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin

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The first democratically elected leader of Russia--and the first ever to resign voluntarily--reviews his tumultuous years in office and the changes and challenges in his country.. Midnight Diaries is Boris Yeltsin's pithy, personal, and revealing account of the struggles and upheavals in Russia over the last several years, seen from the perspective of the man whose job it was to pull all the strings together. Growing out of a series of late-night conversations between Mr. Yeltsin and his chief of staff, the book addresses with astounding candor subjects including: the real impact of the coup of 1991; the process of decision-making about Chechnya; Yeltsin's relationships with world leaders including Bill Clinton, Helmut Kohl, Jacques Chirac, Zhao Zemin, and Tony Blair; the real story behind the string of prime ministers he hired and then dismissed; the Russian economy and allegations of corruption; his own health; and his decision to retire from the presidency. Vivid and direct in the style of Yeltsin himself, Midnight Diaries is an unprecedented look inside the tumultuous politics of a changing Russia. Its publication is an international publishing event.
 

About Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin

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Boris Yeltsin was born on February 1, 1931. He graduated from the Ural Polytechnic Institute in Sverdlovsk, where he studied construction, in 1955. He was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1961 to 1990 and began working for the administration in 1968. He became the first President of the Russian Federation in 1991 and served until 1999, when he resigned naming Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as acting president until the next election. He died on April 23, 2007 at the age of 76.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Non-fiction

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The title of Yeltsin's third book lacks the messianic fire of his first two volumes, Against the Grain and The Struggle for Russia.

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London Review of Books

The latest volume of his autobiography begins with the State Duma elections of December 1995 and ends with his resignation from the Presidency four years later, a period known in Russia as ‘The Time of Troubles’, after the period of anarchy and foreign intervention in the first decade of the 17th...

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