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Yuri Andropov: A Secret Passage Into the Kremlin - Vladimir Solovyon & Elena Klepikova

Robert Hale, 1983, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Errata slip pasted on to the reverse of the title page.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “When Yuri Andropov became head of the Soviet State and one of the most powerful men in the world, he outflanked at least ten more likely candidates for the post. This is the first book to provide an insider’s account of how the manoeuvring was conducted. It is an informative, revealing portrait of Andropov the man — the ruthless hardliner whose supposed liking for things Western serves to conceal his obsession with power, both at home and abroad.

Vladimir Solovyov and Elena Klepikova, Russian-born émigrés, have written a fascinating account of Andropov’s rise within the Soviet system. They recount how his role in the suppression of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution resulted in his promotion to the leadership of the KGB, and they explain how, over the ensuing years, he used the KGB to combat dissidents and Jews. How he instigated purges, campaigned against detente, allied himself with the military and outwitted the Party bureaucracy is revealed. The authors also examine his part in the current turmoil in Poland and the assassination attempt against the Pope, as well as discussing his probable plans for the future.

This incisive study combines a fascinating factual account with astute political analysis. With their access to unpublished Soviet material and their numerous interviews with Russian and East European émigrés who have firsthand knowledge of Andropov, the authors have produced a uniquely valuable insight into one of the world’s most enigmatic political figures.”

Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Black titling to the Spine. [XIV] 302 pages.

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