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Days of Defeat and Victory
Days of Defeat and Victory
By Yegor Gaidar
University of Washington Press, 2000, 342 pp

Here in English are the 1996 memoirs of one of the most intriguing figures from the critical first years of the new Russia. His account is most engaging and eye-opening when tracing his evolution into a Western-style market economist within the Soviet context; it is most revealing when telling how the economic reform came to be and what happened thereafter. This book is doubly valuable: first, for the inside information it provides; second, for the insight into the character of a man both talented and politically naive, candidly self-critical and utterly unquestioning in his economic convictions and low regard for the intellectual capacities of those who disagree with him.