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Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia

Failed Crusade: America and the Tragedy of Post-Communist Russia

By Stephen F. Cohen

W. W. Norton, 2000, 320 pp.
Sale of the Century: Russia's Wild Ride from Communism to Capitalism

Sale of the Century: Russia's Wild Ride from Communism to Capitalism

By Chrystia Freeland

Crown Business, 2000, 352 pp.
Godfather of the Kremlin: Boris Berezovsky and the Looting of Russia

Godfather of the Kremlin: Boris Berezovsky and the Looting of Russia

By Paul Klebnikov

Harcourt Brace, 2000, 353 pp.

Pity the unpopular Russians. In July, Mexico elects its first president from outside the country's ruling party; The Economist magazine labels it a "real democracy." Russia elects a president from the political opposition in 1991, then holds no fewer than five competitive, generally free, national elections in the following years; The Economist calls it a "phony democracy." Colombia has a problem with organized crime, and Washington gives its government $1.3 billion to help fight the drug lords. Russia also has a problem with organized crime, and American politicians sternly lecture Moscow not to expect any more aid until it cleans up its

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  • Daniel Treisman is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of After the Deluge: Regional Crises and Political Consolidation in Russia.
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