Twenty years in the making, this collection presents 122 top-level
Soviet, European and American records on the superpowers' role in the
annus mirabilis of 1989. Consisting of Politburo minutes; diary entries
from Gorbachev's senior aide, Anatoly Chernyaev; meeting notes and
private communications of Gorbachev with George H.W. Bush, Margaret
Thatcher, Helmut Kohl and Francois Mitterrand; and high-level CIA
analyses. Complementing the documents is the inclusion for the first
time of the proceedings of an extraordinary face-to-face mutual
interrogation (with scholars and documents ) in 1998 of Russian and
American senior former officials-Gorbachev advisers Anatoly Chernyaev
and Georgy Shakhnazarov, Shevardnadze aide Sergei Tarasenko, U.S.
Ambassador Jack Matlock and CIA chief Soviet analyst Douglas
MacEachin-aimed at assessing and explaining Moscow and Washington's
policies during the miraculous year of 1989.