This well-researched book has the merit of looking at the Soviet energy problem (oil, gas, coal, other) as a whole, something that Western experts (and Soviet officials) have often failed to do. It makes fairly precise projections for the mid-1980s and cloudier ones for 1990. Hewett sees no crisis of the kind predicted by the CIA for the 1980s, but Moscow will face hard decisions imposed by the rising cost of energy, competing economic demands, and political constraints. On the connection between energy matters and foreign policy the treatment is more tentative and less satisfactory.
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