Soviet Freedom: New Perspectives On Gorbachev

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Soviet Freedom: New Perspectives On Gorbachev

By Anthony Barnett
Hutchinson Radius/New York: Norton, 1989
344 pp. $21.95

This is a book on Gorbachev's Russia like no other, a mélange of facts, anecdotes, impressions, personal opinions, conversations and some (strained) comparisons between the U.S.S.R. and Britain. Barnett is a leftist British journalist and editor reporting on his first visit to the Soviet Union. The style is jaunty, the observations vivid, the philosophizing somewhat pretentious but not without interest.

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