Foreword by former Foreign Secretary Rt. Hon. Lord David Owen Preface Part 1: Introduction 1. The Ukrainian Crucible 2. Brezhnev and World War II 3. The Death of Stalin and Rise of Khrushchev Part 2: Brezhnev's Domestic Politics 4. Brezhnev's Life at the Top 5. Confronting the Military Industrial Complex 6. Dissidence and Human Rights Part 3: International Politics: Peacemaker under pressure 7. The Soviet Bloc, the Brezhnev Doctrine and Ostpolitik 8. US Presidents and the Nuclear Arms Race 9. The Mixed Blessings Brought by Brezhnev's New German Friendship: The Helsinki conference and its aftermath 10. Brezhnev's Blind Spot: Africa and Middle East 11. South and Central Asia: Challenges that Brezhnev could not ignore 12. Brezhnev's Confrontation with China Part 4: Brezhnev and the Fall of the Soviet State 13. Downhill all the Way
Thomas Crump was a lecturer in anthropology at the University of Amsterdam and is the author of twelve books.