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The August Coup
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The August Coup

By Mikhail S Gorbachev

This book is in very good condition. There is no wear on the front, back, edges, and spine of the cover boards. The previous owner signed the inside front cover board. The pages are crisp, white, and free from any markings. "The possibility of a coup d'etat with the use of force and rumors of the preparations being made for it had been circulating in Soviet society for many months. Consequently the coup did not come unexpectedly, like a bolt from the blue. In reply to the straight question that was put to me more than once, I had always said that a coup d'etat in the present situation was impossible, it was doomed to fail, and that only madmen could attempt it. In saying that I was far from wishing to underestimate the danger of the hysteria which was being whipped up by the right-wingers in the press and at meetings of the Central Committee, of provocative speeches by certain generals, and of the sabotage of many perestroika decisions by the Party and state machinery at all levels...." - Chapter One from The August Coup: The Truth and the Lessons