The range of these papers goes well beyond "Soviet politics." They cover all the main items on the Soviet agenda, including political succession, the domestic economy, defense spending, foreign policy, relations with the West and U.S. responses. It is impossible to characterize the volume as a whole, so varied are its contributors and contributions. Some will be quite familiar to specialists-Murray Feshbach on demography, Herbert Levine on economics, Dimitri Simes on East-West relations, and Richard Pipes on U.S. policy, among others. In all, these are solid, thoughtful essays deserving of a close reading.