In This Review

The Soviet Union Under Gorbachev
The Soviet Union Under Gorbachev
Edited by Martin McCauley
St. Martin's, 1987, 259 pp.
The Soviet Union Under Gorbachev: Prospects for Reform
The Soviet Union Under Gorbachev: Prospects for Reform
Edited by David A. Dyker
Croom Helm/New York: Methuen, 1987, 227 pp.

The Soviet Union has not been "under Gorbachev" long enough for the keenest observers to be sure how much change the new leadership intends or how far it will succeed. These two similar but only partly overlapping endeavors, products of conferences held in England in 1986, review the major developments from Gorbachev's taking over as general secretary through the 27th Party Congress and its aftermath. The book edited by McCauley has a larger and more diverse team of authors and is broader in scope. The Dyker volume concentrates on the Soviet economy. Both display expert knowledge, exemplary objectivity, and a wariness of concluding too much too soon, given the formidable obstacles to real structural reform.