From the published output of the Soviet Union's Americanists, especially as it has increased in volume and in variety over the past two decades, Neil Malcolm illustrates their growing understanding of American political life and the sophistication of their analysis-albeit limited by their own preconceptions, the obvious restraints of official ideology and censorship, and by their heavy reliance on the writings of the American left. How much influence have they had on Soviet foreign policy? Some, perhaps, especially in the period of détente, but on this point, the author concedes, we are confined to educated guesswork.
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