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"Once again, Marshall Goldman has put his finger directly on the problems that hamper reform in the Soviet Union. Anyone who wants to understand Gorbachev's failings, the bureaucratic infighting and built-in reluctance to change will gain insights from this taut, readable book."—Hedrik Smith
A critical analysis of the economic reforms of Mikhail Gorbachev, which claims that the Soviet leader did little to counter the nation's overindulgence in heavy industry or to combat a burgeoning budget deficit. The resultant economic collapse, it is argued, led to political disintegration.
As the Soviet economy steadily worsened, Gorbachev's popularity steadily declined, culminating in the August 1991 coup. This updated edition offers an informed assessment of the new Russia that has emerged in the post-Gorbachev era. Goldman is a regular commentator on Good Morning America and National Public Radio.