In This Review

Stalin's Successors
Stalin's Successors
By Seweryn Bialer
Cambridge University Press, 1980, 356 pp
Soviet Leadership in Transition
Soviet Leadership in Transition
By Jerry F. Hough
Brookings, 1980, 175 pp

By coincidence, two well-known specialists on Soviet politics have written on the same subject at the same time. Both deal with the coming transition in leadership as a generational change, and both discuss future economic and foreign policy problems. While the two books invite comparison, each has its special merits and both deserve a wide reading. Bialer's is a more ambitious study grounded in analysis of the evolution of the Stalinist system since Stalin; Hough's is more freewheeling in its advice on how America should try to cope with and influence the Soviet Union of the future.