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Shadows and Whispers Power Politics Inside the Kremlin from Brezhnev to Gorbachev

By Dusko Doder

Review From Publishers Weekly
As Moscow bureau chief for the Washington Post, Doder observed the "series of embarrassingly feeble old men" during the Brezhnev-to-Andropov-to-Chernenko transitions that led to the emergence of Mikhail Gorbachev. He describes how Andropov, moving into the vacuum created by Brezhnev's physical decline, won the ensuing power struggle with Chernenko (and pushed forward Gorbachev and other younger men who have since unseated many of the old guard) only to be replaced 15 months later by Chernenko, who in his turn lived only 13 more months. Doder provides a comprehensive account of Gorbachev's background and rise to power, plus an incisive review of his first year in power. The book is notable for its objectivity: Doder writes, "I have tried to look at the Soviet Union on its own terms."

Hardback, 1987, 349pages, good condition Please click here to ask a question
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