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"A must-read" - Morning Star (15 Nov 2023)
Kate, her husband Ricardo and their three children arrived in Moscow, as the new Moscow correspondent for the Morning Star, in February 1985. Within days, the Soviet Union’s elderly leader Konstantin Chernenko died and the younger, energetic Mikhail Gorbachov came to power.
Kate's new book tells of the immense changes begun then, setting in train centrifugal forces that became uncontrollable. In six short years these led to the dissolution of the USSR.
How did it happen? Why did it happen? Was it inevitable? As a journalist, Kate witnessed it all from beginning to end, and her book tells the story. Alongside documenting the country's momentous political and social changes, Kate gives a vivid picture of her family’s life in the USSR - from having three children at a Soviet school to the frustrations of everyday life. Her travels to different parts of the vast country, which she loves, provide a fascinating backdrop to the book.