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Toward the New Millennium

Yevgeny Primakov; Translated by Felix Rosenthal

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A memoir by an important Russian reformist leader that sheds new light on events and personalities in that country over the past two decades

A prominent Russian politician who served as prime minister, foreign minister, and head of foreign intelligence during the 1990s, Yevgeny Primakov has been part of all vital decisions on Russian domestic and foreign policy for the past two decades. His memoir is both an insider’s account of post-perestroika Russian politics and a statement from a representative of the enlightened Russian establishment on their nation’s relationship with America and the world.

Primakov is a specialist in the Middle East, and his personal involvement in the problems of that region make his commentary particularly valuable as he articulates Russia’s view of the conflicts there and its stance toward Iraq, Israel, and Palestine. Primakov also offers pertinent opinions on the Gulf War, NATO enlargement, spying, and other aspects of contemporary international relations, and he gives personal assessments of a wide variety of major players, from Saddam Hussein and Yassir Arafat to Madeleine Albright and Bill Clinton.

Providing behind-the-scenes information about government shake-ups in Moscow, the history of speculative privatizations, the formation of the new political and economic oligarchy, and much more, this book will be an invaluable aid to political analysts, historians, and anyone interested in Russia’s recent past and future plans.

Yevgeny Primakov is currently president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation.

"Yevgeny Primakov, who has played an important role in Russian foreign policy during both the Soviet and post-Soviet periods, has gone further than most post-Soviet memoirists in declassifying the official record and in providing his own insights and interpretations. His book will be of great interest to diplomatic historians."—Strobe Talbott, former Deputy Secretary of State and president of the Brookings Institution

“Primakov’s memoirs present his perspective on foreign and domestic issues during the Gorbachev and Yeltsin years. Insight is provided on the Russian perspective on the Gulf War, Russia’s changing role in negotiations for a Middle East peace settlement, support and opposition to Gorbachev’s perestroika, the corruption of the privatization of state property and the rise of a class of oligarchs, the two wars in Chechnya, and the Russian financial meltdown of August 1998. . . . Most interesting is Primakov’s account of the inside politics of his eight months as the Russian Federation prime minister. . . . Primakov expresses the hope that the English translation of his book will help to dispel U.S. preconceptions of Russia and contribute to better relations between the two states.”—Choice

"This is a worthwhile book for scholars of the Soviet and post-Soviet eras."—Nathaniel Richmond, The Russian Review

“[Primakov’s] credentials and experiences serve as an excellent basis from which to comment on Russia during the first turbulent decade of its transformation. … In particular, he offers important personal insights into the nature of Russian politics…[and] challenges most conventional accounts and interpretations… Primakov’s volume adds to our knowledge of high level politics in the late Soviet and early post-Soviet period.” - P. Lentini, Slavonic & East European Review
ISBN: 9780300097924
Publication Date: October 11, 2004
352 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4

Sales Restrictions: World excluding Russia