exuberance (pg.164)-the quality or state of being youthful
preempt (pg.171)- to seize upon to the exclusion of others
"Merriam-Webster Online" 4. Dec. 2007
"USSR is a Greek tragedy waiting to happen"
This quote is important because it was said when Alan visited the USSR and realized that when it colaapsed it would be very tragic. The USSR did fall and his quote was revealed to be true. The USSR's fall was like a Greek tragedy.