In the past few months, Yeltsin has been transformed from someone George Bush could ignore to someone he must deal with on a daily basis. This transformation in stature is the basis of Solovyov and Klepikova's biography. The authors ( Behind the High Kremlin Walls , LJ 6/15/86; Yuri Andropov , LJ 1/1/83, o.p.) have probed into Yeltsin's background, seeking to better understand this radical Russian who took control from Mikhail Gorbachev. A section comparing the lives of Yeltsin and Gorbachev is quite instructive as both men achieved political prominence during the 1980s. The authors grant Yeltsin heroic status for his courage during the August 1991 coup, but they are not certain he can survive his revolution. As former Soviet journalists now living in the United States, Solovyov and Klepikova know contemporary Russia well and provide numerous anecdotes about the inner workings of the Russian political machine. This book will serve as a useful introduction to Yelstin and his Russia. For general collections.--Ed Goedeken, Purdue Univ. Libs., West Lafayette, Ind.
An investigative biography--part political thriller and part shrewd analysis. The authors, a husband-wife writing team now living in New York, are closely connected with Yeltsin's friends and opponents alike, and are founders of the Soviet Union's first independent press agency and authors of two previous investigative works on Soviet leaders. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)