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The Accidental Proletariat
The Accidental Proletariat
By Walter D. Connor
Princeton University Press, 1991, 374 pp

Whether the national leader be Gorbachev or Yeltsin, Kravchuk or the others, he will have to care about the working class-its character, mood, inclinations and approach to politics. In this scholarly and readable study, one of America's leading political sociologists offers the most in-depth exploration of any in the last two decades of what has happened over time to the worker's social, economic and political condition. The Soviet legacy promises to be heavy for the new successor states, and Connor's book provides an excellent idea of what that will mean in this important sphere.