by Yuri Rost, translated from Russian by Elizabeth Roberts, forward by Andrei Sakharov
An Eye-Witness Account of Human Conflict and Natural Disaster in Armenia and Azerbaijan - One of the Soviet Union's most respected photo-journalists, Yuri Rost, gives a fascinating and often moving account of the inter-ethnic war and of the devastating earthquake. 1988 was perhaps the blackest year in Armenian history. Post explains the background to the disaster, both political and natural. This horrifying chronicle to which Rost himself was often a witness is based on first-hand accounts.
One of the greatest problems faced by Gorbachev in reforming the Soviet Union was the prospect of the disintegration of the last of the great European empires. One of the most crucial areas was the autonomous region Nagorno Karabakh, an historically Armenian area granted to Azerbaijan by Stalin.