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The Struggle for the Third World: Soviet Debates and American Options
The Struggle for the Third World: Soviet Debates and American Options
By Jerry F. Hough
Brookings, 1986, 293 pp

What this book does better than any other is to summarize and analyze the vast Soviet academic literature on world affairs and to relate it to the actualities of Soviet foreign policy. The author shows that these "scholarly" articles and books are not just propaganda; they constitute a running debate on events in the outside world, and they are too little understood or heeded in American thinking about the Soviet Union (Washington being one of the last bastions of Stalinist orthodoxy). The Third World necessarily has a prominent place in the exposition, but the book also covers historical and changing Soviet views and policies on relations with the West, economic development, political systems and revolutionary strategy. The suggestions for U.S. policy, which Hough sees as following directly from his study of the Soviet side, are directed to issues now current, and are sure to be controversial.