The Collapse of Communism (Witness to History)

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What was it like to live under a communist government? What was it like to watch that government crumbling? What was it like to be a witness to history? Step back to the 20th century and see the rise and fall of communism through the eyes of those who lived through it. Discover what it was like to have a system of government that you did not want imposed upon your country. Find out how it felt to be part of the push for democracy that brought the system crashing down. Read how nations across the globe were affected by the collapse of communism.

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Stewart Ross taught at all levels in Britain, the USA, the Middle East, and Sri Lanka before becoming a full-time writer. He has published novels for adults and works of fiction for children, as well as over 200 non-fiction books. His books have been translated into around 20 languages. Stewart visits schools, colleges, and universities in Britain, France, and elsewhere to talk about writing and pass on his passion for words.

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Grade 6-8 - This is a sweeping survey of the history of communism and its downfall in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. In addition, there are brief commentaries on aspects of communism retained in Cuba and the People's Republic of China. Each topic is covered on a spread, and, after the initial eight pages of background information, the chapters consist of a one-page narrative and a full-page quotation excerpted from a speech, eyewitness report, or personal interview. Some terms are explained in the text, but many are in bold type and explained in the glossary. On the first page, readers must flip to the back of the book for an explanation of "philosopher," "feudalism," "capitalism," "free enterprise," "dictatorship," and "Marxism." On the other hand, the author later assumes that students know the meaning of genocide and materialism. Most pages include relevant photographs, including many in color. In 51 pages, readers are given a very broad introduction to some of the economic, political, and social problems that contributed to the collapse of many communist systems. Some teens may be overwhelmed by the amount of information, but others may be fascinated by this survey and will go on to read books specific to the countries examined here. - Elizabeth Talbot, University of Illinois, Champaign
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