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Branson, Louise, Doder, Dusko

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ISBN 10: 0670824720 / ISBN 13: 9780670824724
Published by Viking Adult, 1990
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Gorbachev

Publisher: Viking Adult

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket.

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The authors have compiled a study of Gorbachev's life and times. Based on numerous interviews with leading Soviet figures, including Gorbachev himself, the book offers an insight into the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1990.

From Publishers Weekly:

As documented here, the ills of perestroika are grave and the prognosis pessimistic that major reforms within the U.S.S.R. can be accomplished in less than several decades. In a comprehensive study of the Gorbachev regime, Doder, former Washington Post Moscow bureau chief, and Branson, former Moscow correspondent for the London Times , survey the monumental difficulties of dismantling the world's largest welfare state and assess why " perestroika and glasnost have aggravated many of the problems they were supposed to cure." We are shown why democratic principles and a market economy are viewed with suspicion and hostility by a Russian populace that historically has been governed by, and indeed fervently wants, an ideology and a hierarchical system of authority. The polarization of Slavophiles vs. Westernizers is intensifying throughout society and the party, even among Gorbachev supporters, according to the authors, who themselves admire the Russian president. Readers will find Doder and Branson's judgments sound, their knowledge imposing, their perspective essential to an understanding of the Russian turmoil. 25,000 first printing.
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