The Rollo volume is a slim but handy introduction to the daunting economic problems facing Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and the disappearing German Democratic Republic. The suggestions for Western responses are sensible, but necessarily general. The book edited by Braun, which was put together in 1989 prior to the East European upheaval, has good material on the years 1985-88, but the discussion of matters such as the Warsaw Pact and Comecon is full of speculation and couched in terms that soon became irrelevant. There is scarcely a hint that the end of the Brezhnev Doctrine, which was evident even then, meant the end of an empire.
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