In This Review

Russia: The People and the Power
Russia: The People and the Power
By Robert G. Kaiser
Atheneum, 1976, 499 pp
The Russians
The Russians
By Hedrick Smith
Quadrangle/The New York Times Book Company, 1976, 527 pp

Overlapping and partially complementary surveys of the Russian scene by correspondents of The Washington Post and The New York Times recently assigned to Moscow. Basically, these are not treatises on the Soviet system, but honest and perceptive descriptions of daily life which tell, incidentally, a great deal about how the system works.