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'...[a] well-researched book...Wilson's detailed presentation of the darker side of Kuchmism offers a valuable sense of perspective.' -- Stuart Hensel, Literary Review, February 2006

'There is a clear need for an instant history of the Orange Revolution, and [this book] fills the gap admirably.' -- Iain Elliot, Times Literary Supplement, 17th February 2006

About the Author

Andrew Wilson is Senior Lecturer in Russian and Ukrainian studies at the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University of London. He is author of The Ukrainians and Virtual Politics: Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet World, both published by Yale University Press.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1408 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (12 Jan. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IUT3MSA
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Format: Hardcover
It's a good read. Fluent style, good structure, very detailed. Sometimes dramatic.
However, writing about politics in these kind of countries is always tricky, as it is very hard to ascertain the truth. Wilson labelled politics in post-soviet countries as 'virtual' in another book #Virtual Politics: Faking Democracy in the Post-Soviet World#.
He makes a case why it was right to label Yushchenko the honest and integer democrat who was opposed by cynical, pragmatic authorities. He provides a detailed story of Ukraine's political show in the 1990s and early 2000s. But his version of what happened hinges on his unquestioned acceptance of the audio tapes that allegedly recorded the computer server fraud. I would have liked him to explain why he has no qualms accepting them as real. The fact that Yushchenko seemed to be an honest man before is not enough for me.
He based much of the story on journalistic accounts of the events as they unfolded, which is a tricky source in itself. Overall, the book is a very good account of the events from a Western perspective and the enthusiasm with which the Orange Revolution was met. It is what we would like to believe happened. With the benefit of hindsight his interpretation of Yushchenko's efforts and organisation was overly positive. The book was written in the first half of 2005, right after the events. With hindsight it is, of course, easier to see the cracks and question marks, which does not, however, make it a less interesting account at all.
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Format: Hardcover
This book goes a long way towards explaining the complexity of Ukraine, a nation that is divided in accepting or rejecting the different identities the world knows of it. Is it the craddle of Russian civilization that includes present day Ukraine, Russia and Belarus or is it the frontier(eastern Ukraine in particular) where eastern slavs (progenitors of Ukrainians, Russians and Belarusiians) escaped to from suppresive powers of overloards (Poland and Russian princes, or is it the center where a new set of Russians-western Ukriane (Ukrainians or Ruthenians or Little Russians) came into being from the amalgamation of foreign influnces (Polish, Lithanian, Slovakian, Austria,Hungaria etc)?

From Gogol's work-TARAS BULBA one can get a picture of how easterners view themselves as Ukrainians (orthodox,eastern slavonic who fraternalise with their other eastern slavonic brothers) and who have been prominent in Russian or east slavic history(Yermak, Krushchev, Breshnev etc). UNION MOUJIK is another that gives a clearer picture of the divide. Two brothers in the same house with one brother stressing on their roots and those they share common roots with(east), and the other brother attaching importance to the influences picked up in the past(west)
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HASH(0x9064b2d0) out of 5 stars An introduction to Ukraine & the Orange Revolution 10 Jun. 2006
By J. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
'Ukraine's Orange Revolution' was one of the first books written on the much publicized events of late 2004. Wilson does a wonderful job providing a brief history of Ukraine as well as setting the context for the inspiring events.

The book's major strength is its description of what Wilson defines elsewhere as virtual politics. The book graphically shows how the old Ukrainian government used the familiar Soviet devices (e.g. electoral fraud, black PR, & assassination attempts)to 'win' victory for the chosen successor.

But the regime - before, during, and after the campaign - went too far. It was the government's outrageous tactics that largely drove the population to revolution. `Ukraine's Orange Revolution' is a good introduction to the events that inspired a nation to fight for democracy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9064b324) out of 5 stars The deadly hand of Russia. 16 Aug. 2008
By Kevin M Quigg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As I write this review, Russia has invaded Georgia and is helping two breakaway regions in Georgia. This book reveals the interfering hands of Russia and President Putin in Ukraine in 2004. Not only had they the gumption of telling the world how the West and the USA were interfering in the affairs of an East European state, but they were financing and fradulently electing a stooge of their own choosing for Ukraine. It shows that Putin's Russia is just a clone of the old Soviet state and tolerates no dissidence from countries on their own border. It also shows how the left in the West took up this fradulent story of the West interfering in Ukraine.

As the author relates, the Orange Revolution was a genuine social revolution caused by a dictatorship immitating a democracy (managed democracy). The old ruling elite were too corrupt to prevent the population from rising up and throwing them out of office. Russia and Putin supported the kleptocrats and also was shown the door. Hopefully this will happen elsewhere in the near abroad.

I think Wilson does a wonderful job of showing how this Revolution came about. This is a nice work on the progress of democracy in the former Soviet Union.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9064b75c) out of 5 stars Taking the first steps toward true democracy 1 Jun. 2006
By Glenn Dudley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
You'll be lucky if you can keep all the names straight, and the author provides plenty of them, but it's a good look behind the scenes of a modern, peaceful revolution. It can be a bit dry at times and the author's writing style and word usage sometimes left me curious as to exactly what he meant but push through it and you'll finish the book with a reasonable understanding of the challenges faced and overcome by people who wanted a new, responsive government. They've still got a lot of work ahead of them but let's hope they succeed.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9064b744) out of 5 stars All you need to know 11 Nov. 2006
By D. Nuffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a detailed -- almost newspaper like -- account of the Orange Revolution. It would do for a textbook and shows the writer's knowledge.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9064bc0c) out of 5 stars Orange Revolution 1 Feb. 2006
By Julian D. Wynnyckyj - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent analysis, must read to see the chaos that is now democracy in Ukraine
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