The New Russians by Hedrick Smith

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Examines the Soviet Union, assesses the impact of Gorbachev's sweeping reforms on the lives of ordinary Soviet citizens, and speculates about the future of the Soviet Union.

About Hedrick Smith

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Hedrick Smith is a bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, and Emmy Award-winning producer. His books The Russians and The Power Game were critically acclaimed bestsellers and are widely used in college courses today. As a reporter at The New York Times, Smith shared a Pulitzer for the Pentagon Papers series and won a Pulitzer for his international reporting from Russia in 1971-1974. Smith's prime-time specials for PBS have won several awards for examining systemic problems in modern America and offering insightful, prescriptive solutions.
Published December 5, 2012 by Random House. 621 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Children's Books, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Smith describes how Gorbachev's celebrated glasnost--as well as his attempts to encourage private enterprise and break the power of the centralized state economic authorities--has resulted in radical changes and an open pluralism that the reformist Gorbachev never envisioned.

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over a two-year period and the observations of farmers, industry managers, the party bureaucracy and the Soviet media convinced Smith that the process of change in the Soviet Union will sustain momentum--with or without Gorbachev.

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When former New York Times Moscow bureau chief Hedrick Smith's The Russians first appeared 14 years ago, the Iron Curtain was intact, the Cold War was still raging, and reform, he concluded confidently, was quite impossible.

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