The Sons Of Sergei: Khrushchev And Gorbachev As Reformers
Edited by Donald R. Kelley and Shannon G. Davis
Praeger, 1992, 253 pp.
Khrushchev and Gorbachev both had fathers named Sergei. The authors of this edited volume argue that they had a great deal more in common-but, significantly, as much that divided them. The enterprise is a natural and helpful one, not the least because many observers believe that Khrushchev's reform efforts made Gorbachev's possible. It is also a well-conceived enterprise-good questions are put to the authors by the editors. But as is often true in such undertakings, there is wide variation in the responses. Some authors attempt a serious comparison; others focus almost entirely on the Gorbachev period. Some write after doing new, original research on both periods; others, by rummaging through old stores of knowledge.