Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-252) and index.
The making of a rebel -- From engineer to party activist -- Falling from grace and reemergence -- The way to the top -- Struggle for power -- Yeltsin takes control -- The demise of the Soviet Union -- Yeltsin wins a new constitution -- Yeltsin and the west: the early years -- Backlash of the imposed democracy -- Cooling of pro-western policies -- Yeltsin holds on -- The 1996 presidential election -- The struggle against NATO's expansion -- Government reshuffle and economic crisis -- Challenges at home and abroad -- Kosovo -- The search for a successor -- Yeltsin had the last word.
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