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Topic - Leon Aron
It doesn't look good when the most powerful man in the world can't get his hands on one of the most wanted men in the world.
It is hard to think of any other volume that provides as much information and insight into the nature of the Soviet system and its collapse as this book. Focusing on glasnost, (the opening up of public discourse by Mikhail Gorbachev about the failings and past history of the Soviet Union), Leon Aron presents a richly documented and riveting portrait of every aspect of the Soviet system based exclusively on Soviet-Russian sources, most of them probably unfamiliar even to American experts on Soviet affairs who read Russian.
Mr. Aron rightly argues that "the 'objective' deterioration of Soviet economy became relevant only after and because of a fundamental shift in the ways in which regime's performance was perceived and the criteria by which it was evaluated."
"From the point of view of the Russians and the Chinese, definitely," Mr. Aron said. "In their systems, legitimacy comes from being treated with fear and respect. And clearly, they're choosing not to treat the United States that way."