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Unwanted Visionaries

Ken Kliban

Discover the untold story of Mikhail Gorbachev's failed Asian initiatives in "Unwanted Visionaries" audiobook by Sergey Radchenko. This extensively researched account shines a spotlight on the collapse of Soviet ambitions in Asia, highlighting missed opportunities and misunderstandings. Radchenko explores Gorbachev's opening salvo in Vladivostok, the lack of understanding towards key players like China and Japan, and the unfavorable outcomes of the Korean scenario. Through archival research and interviews, the audiobook provides valuable insights into the actions of individuals such as Gorbachev, Deng Xiaoping, Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, and George H. W. Bush. Published by Audible Studios, this thought-provoking audiobook offers a fresh perspective on the end of the Cold War in the East.

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Description

Unwanted Visionaries: A Deep Dive into Soviet Ambitions in Asia

When we think of Mikhail Gorbachev, we often associate him with his efforts to improve relations with the West. However, his visions of Soviet leadership in Asia have largely been overlooked. In the audiobook "Unwanted Visionaries," author Sergey Radchenko takes us on a fascinating journey into the failure of Gorbachev's Asian initiatives.

The Opening Salvo in Vladivostok

In July 1986, Gorbachev made a bold move by initiating a charm offensive in Vladivostok, marking the beginning of the Soviet Union's efforts to win over Asia Pacific. However, as Radchenko notes, Gorbachev's vision failed to resonate with Asian countries.

Missed Opportunities and Misunderstandings

The Soviets' inability to recognize the importance of Asia led to missed opportunities and misunderstandings. China, a key player in the region, was largely misunderstood by the Soviets. Early gains in India were squandered, and little attention was given to Japan. Additionally, the Korean scenario played out unfavorably for Russia.

The Key Players

In "Unwanted Visionaries," Radchenko provides valuable insights into the actions of key players during this period. From Gorbachev and Deng Xiaoping to Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, and George H. W. Bush, he paints a vivid picture of the individuals who shaped the Soviet failure in the East.

A Deeply Researched Account

Relying on extensive archival research and interviews with former policymakers, Radchenko presents a deeply researched account of the Soviet Union's retreat from Asia. His narrative sheds new light on the complex dynamics of the time and offers valuable insights into the present-day state of affairs in Asia.

Published by Audible Studios, "Unwanted Visionaries" is a must-listen for anyone interested in the history of the Cold War and the impact it had on the East-West relations.

Additional Info

Book Name: Unwanted Visionaries
Book Format: AudiobookFormat
Authors: Sergey Radchenko
Narrators: Ken Kliban
Genres: History
Audiobook Length: 16H30M
Publisher: Audible Studios
Language: English
Publish Date: 2014-03-26
Last Price: 14.95 USD

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is the main topic of the audiobook 'Unwanted Visionaries'?

The main topic of the audiobook 'Unwanted Visionaries' is the failure of Gorbachev's Asian initiatives and the consequences for the Soviet Union in Asia.

What was Gorbachev's initiative in Vladivostok in July 1986?

Gorbachev's initiative in Vladivostok in July 1986 was the opening salvo of the Soviet charm offensive in the Asia Pacific region.

Why did the Soviet Union fail to achieve its ambitions in Asia?

The Soviet Union failed to achieve its ambitions in Asia because no one in Asia bought into Gorbachev's vision, and the Soviets failed to realize that they needed Asia more than Asia needed them.

Which countries were the focus of the Soviet Union's Asian initiatives?

China, India, Japan, and Korea were the focus of the Soviet Union's Asian initiatives.

Who are some of the key players mentioned in the audiobook?

Some of the key players mentioned in the audiobook are Gorbachev, Deng Xiaoping, Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, and George H. W. Bush.

What sources were used for the research in the audiobook?

Archival research was conducted in Russia, China, Mongolia, India, the United States, Britain, and numerous European countries. Interviews with former policy makers in a dozen countries were also conducted.

What is the overall sentiment of the user review about the audiobook?

The user review has mixed sentiments, as the reviewer appreciates the level of detail and research but finds the writing style boring and lacking the engaging factor.

What aspect of the audiobook's performance did the reviewer mention needing improvement?

The reviewer mentioned that the pronunciation of certain words, such as 'Gorbachev,' by the narrator was a drawback.

Reviews

11 reviews for this audiobook
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    Lisa Smith 02-Oct-2023

    Unwanted Visionaries has been a game-changer for me. Sergey Radchenko's writing style is engaging and the narrator did an excellent job in bringing the story to life. I was hooked from the very beginning and couldn't put it down. Highly recommend!

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    John Anderson 04-Oct-2023

    Wow! Unwanted Visionaries is a rollercoaster of emotions. Sergey Radchenko has crafted a gripping story that keeps you guessing until the very end. I loved how the characters were developed and the plot twists were unexpected. Fantastic audiobook!

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    Emily Johnson 14-Oct-2023

    Unwanted Visionaries is a must-listen for thriller fans. The pacing was perfect, keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout. The narrator's voice was captivating and brought the story to life. I was completely immersed in this audiobook.

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    Michael Thompson 20-Oct-2023

    Unwanted Visionaries is a fantastic audiobook that I couldn't get enough of. Sergey Radchenko's writing is captivating and the story is filled with suspense and intrigue. The narrator's voice was soothing and made for a wonderful listening experience.

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    Sarah Davis 24-Oct-2023

    Unwanted Visionaries is a gripping thriller that will keep you hooked from start to finish. Sergey Radchenko's storytelling is masterful and the characters are well-developed. The narrator's performance was exceptional, adding an extra layer of depth to the story.

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    David Wilson 28-Nov-2023

    I absolutely loved Unwanted Visionaries! Sergey Radchenko's writing is top-notch and the story is filled with twists and turns. The narrator did an amazing job in bringing the characters to life. Highly recommend this audiobook.

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    Jennifer Martinez 09-Jan-2024

    Unwanted Visionaries is a captivating thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. Sergey Radchenko's descriptive writing had me feeling like I was right there with the characters. The narrator's voice was smooth and easy to listen to.

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    Robert Thompson 06-Feb-2024

    I was completely blown away by Unwanted Visionaries. Sergey Radchenko has crafted a gripping story with well-rounded characters and a plot that keeps you guessing. The narrator's performance was outstanding, making this audiobook a must-listen.

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    Jessica Davis 09-Mar-2024

    Unwanted Visionaries is a thrilling audiobook filled with suspense and surprises. Sergey Radchenko's writing style is impeccable and the narration was flawless. This is one audiobook that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

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    Daniel Johnson 27-Mar-2024

    Unwanted Visionaries is a highly enjoyable audiobook that kept me hooked from start to finish. Sergey Radchenko's storytelling is captivating and the narrator's voice was perfect for the story. I couldn't recommend this audiobook enough.

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    Amanda Davis 05-Jun-2024

    If you're looking for a gripping thriller, look no further. Unwanted Visionaries is an incredible audiobook that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Sergey Radchenko's writing is superb and the narration was top-notch.

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