The Soviet Union and South Atlantic (E281)
The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 without a tool being downed by a single worker or a shot being fired in its defense. For the world’s first workers state, which had in its time destroyed fascism and written its name in the stars, this is a pretty damning indictment. People who identified with the Soviet Union have been struggling for 30 years to make sense of it all. One of the best attempts, so far, has been written by London-based historian and author Carlos Martinez. He came into the studio to discuss this further.
He was a decorated US Army officer in Vietnam who gave up his American nationality to become a British citizen. He also became a writer who has steadily built a reputation as one of the top spy authors. Often compared to John Le Carre, for those who prefer less blood and more intelligence in their spy novels, Edward Wilson has now turned his attention to the South Atlantic. We invited him into the Sputnik studio to tell us more.