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USSR in Crisis: The Failure of an Economic System
USSR in Crisis: The Failure of an Economic System
By Marshall I. Goldman
Norton, 1983, 210 pp.

The Stalinist model of a planned economy, says Professor Goldman, is still in effect in the Soviet Union, has brought the country to crisis and failure, but cannot be abandoned or reformed without risks today's leaders will not take. In a book written for the general reader, he illustrates the dilemma with descriptions of the problems of industry and agriculture and the burdens of empire, sprinkling his pages with sharp and generally negative judgments (some of them repeated several times) and concluding that the system is ripe for change. But do not expect collapse tomorrow.