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U.S.S.R. Foreign Policies After Detente
U.S.S.R. Foreign Policies After Detente
By Richard F. Staar
Hoover Press, 1985, 300 pp

Dr. Staar is at home with organization charts, data on military forces, scheduled hours of propaganda broadcasting, lists of communist fronts and the like, all the means and instruments whereby the U.S.S.R. furthers its interests and pushes the cause of communism. His book, accordingly, is a kind of handbook, and definitely a useful one. It is not a narrative account of Soviet foreign relations "after dTtente." Its disquisitions on policy toward specific areas and countries, though informative, are relatively brief and are used to pound away at the author's main theme: total Soviet dedication to the spread of communism, and the inadequacy of the Western response.