In This Review

Gorbachev's Russia
Gorbachev's Russia
By Basile Kerblay
Pantheon, 1989, 175 pp.
Perestroika In Perspective
Perestroika In Perspective
By Padma Desai
Princeton University Press, 1989, 138 pp.

Both books give proof that a skillful professional scholar can present for the general reader, in brief compass, the essence of the crisis of the Soviet system and Gorbachev's campaign to meet and overcome it. Kerblay, a sociologist, and Desai, an economist, both go beyond their own disciplines to measure the full scope of the changes being brought about by revolution from above and by pressures and resistance from below. In each case the coverage includes the party conference of June 1988.