From The Publisher: Sep. 2, 1991

As our journalists in three cities set out to cover the astonishing events in the Soviet Union last week, none of us could guess the outcome. We were certain of one thing, though: our staff has an extraordinary wealth of expertise on the subject.

Heading the team in Moscow was bureau chief John Kohan, who studied Russian in the U.S. and Leningrad, and has reported and written stories on the Soviet Union since 1975. On hand too were correspondent James Carney and reporter Ann Simmons, both Russian speakers. During the unsettling days and nights after the announcement of the coup, invaluable...

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