Schneider (military theory, Sch. of Advanced Military Studies, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas) has written an excellent collection of essays with a common theme but without a fully developed thesis. While he professes to examine "the origins and nature of Stalin's warfare state" and its impact on the Gorbachev reforms, he does not achieve this ambitious goal. He does, however, mobilize a remarkable bibliographic army-including important unknowns like Shlichting-as he mixes physics, economics, and warfare all at once. The first third of the book marches through military theory and science, with remarkable insights on the U.S. Civil War and the Industrial Revolution. The focus finally shifts to Russia, concentrating on key military thinkers of the early Soviet period. Unfortunately, this impressive tome ends abruptly around 1929; the informed reader is left begging for Schneider's views on 1941, or on the Voroshilov Lectures (USPGO, 1989), or on Marshall Nikolai Ogarkov's ideas. Gorbachev himself is treated almost as an afterthought. Recommended for specialists in the field.-John Yurechko, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C.
Schneider (military theory, School of Advanced Military Studies) shows how the Soviet security apparatus evolved and how the warfare state was achieved by Stalin. He offers insights into the strategic revolution of the 19th century that resulted from the Industrial Revolution, and argues that the successes of Stalin's warfare state created the conditions that made Gorbachev's reforms possible. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)