- Dec 9, 2012
- Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
The New Russians by Hedrick Smith (1990) -- I picked this up because I had read the author's 1976 bestseller The Russians and greatly enjoyed it for the insight it gave me (an ignorant American) into Soviet society. Smith attempts to do the same thing for the Gorbachev years. The main problem with the book, of course, is that world events made the book out of date as soon as it was published, since it does not include the collapse of the Soviet Union. Despite that unavoidable disadvantage, the book is an interesting look at a remarkable time and place.