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Eternal Russia

Eternal Russia

Yeltsin, Gorbachev, and the Mirage of Democracy

Jonathan Steele

ISBN 9780674268388

Publication date: 07/21/1998

Here is an eyewitness account of the six years of turbulent change from the Soviet Union to Russia. Jonathan Steele’s three decades as a journalist covering that eternal nation have given him a keen and deeply informed perspective on the democratic revolution and the issues still threatening the new nation. What does the future hold for Russian democracy under Yeltsin? Can market reform work? Under all the news and confusion, how much has the country really changed?

Eternal Russia draws on Steele’s interviews with key figures, including Gorbachev and the former Communist Party Politburo, as well as senior members of the Yeltsin inner circle.


  • Eternal Russia has a powerful title conveying a profound truism…it is an excellent book rooted in history while covering thoroughly the drama of events after 1987.

    —David Owens, Sunday Times


  • Jonathan Steele was Moscow bureau chief for The Guardian [UK] until the spring of 1994. He was named International Reporter of the Year in the British Press Awards in 1981 and in 1991. He also won the London Press Club's Scoop of the Year Award for being the only British or American reporter to get to Gorbachev's prison villa in the Crimea during the 1991 coup.

Book Details

  • 427 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press