Accession Number : ADA194279

Title :   Book Analysis: The Russians.

Descriptive Note : Student rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Centers, Judith I

PDF Url : ADA194279

Report Date : Apr 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : The author chose to analyze Hedrick Smith's The Russians because it portrays such vivid images of the Soviet Union. It is a straightforward book that gives insight into the daily lives of Soviet citizens. However, the book serves only as background for a more specific question: Is Mikhail Gorbachev likely to succeed or fail? His greatest task is to re-invigorate the Soviet economy by exposing corruption and by de-centralizing production. The methodology chosen in this paper is to select some of the problems that Hedrick Smith describes in The Russians to illustrate the magnitude of the task that lies before Gorbachev. Foreign policy trade journals and the opinions of two experts will then serve to estimate the probability of Gorbachev's success.

Descriptors :   *USSR, *LEADERSHIP, BOOKS, ECONOMICS, FOREIGN POLICY, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, PERIODICALS, BACKGROUND, HISTORY

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Information Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE