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A Great Nuts-and-Bolts History of the USSR
This text traces the history of the world's first socialist nation from the origins of socialist philosophy up to the 1991 collapse. The political acumen of Lenin, the crimes of Stalin, Khrushchev's utopian schemes, Brezhnev's gerontocracy, and Gorbachev's attempts to renew the system are all elucidated and brought full circle. Malia is not afraid to ask and answer the 'What if..?' questions. What if NEP wasn't cut short? What if Bukharin's ideas came to fruition? The prevalent theory may be that the West 'won' the Cold War, but after reading this book one wonders if the USSR's adversaries were actually just patient enough to hold the Red monolith in check and await its inevitable collapse.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.