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Soviet Power: The Continuing Challenge
Soviet Power: The Continuing Challenge
By James Sherr
St. Martin's, 1987, 280 pp

The greater part of this book dwells on the nature of Soviet power (military capabilities, economic resources, subordinate empire) and on the continuity of political aims and institutions. The treatment is coolly analytical, relatively hard-line, mindful of the Soviet stress on competition for power, and skeptical of portrayals of the U.S.S.R. as a flawed superpower or empire in decay. Standard stuff with no surprises. The same may be said about the second part of the book, which consists of lectures on related topics by a series of distinguished guests (among them Helmut Sonnenfeldt, Malcolm Mackintosh, and a number of well-qualified military authorities).