Moscow Spring

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Moscow Spring

By William and Jane Taubman
Summit Books, 1989
296 pp. $19.95

The Taubmans, Amherst College professors, of Soviet politics and Russian language and literature respectively, spent the first five months of 1988 in the U.S.S.R. observing the effects of glasnost among their many friends and acquaintances in the intelligentsia. They report with a human touch, with honesty and enthusiasm on the extent and rapidity of the atmospheric change, and this kind of individual witness, while not the whole story, reveals much that is missing in the more general and academic efforts to assess the Gorbachev reforms. Comparison with the Prague Spring of 20 years ago inevitably comes to mind, perhaps ominously, but these are changes taking place at the very heart of the "socialist commonwealth."

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