Gorbachev: The Path to Power

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Largely of historical and academic interest only now, this neverthless presents an interesting analysis of how well informed Western commentators viewed Gorbachev in late 1985/1986 after the first few ... Read full review

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Too much a "positive prejudice" towards Gorbachev!! More imparitlity! Soviet politics was not made of rigid "cliches", reformists against conservators!! Soviet polititians were all stalinists, included Gorbachev!!

Contents

Introduction
1
The Burden of the Past
22
Steps on the Ladder of Success
42
The War against the Veterans
66
Andropovs Year of Transition
81
A Second General Secretary
96
Gorbachev in Power
112
Gorbachevs Window on the West
141
The Prospects for Economic Reform
170
The Men Behind Gorbachev
193
Index
212
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