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19 June 1986
Gorbachev: The Path to Power 
by Christian Schmidt-Häuer.
Tauris, 218 pp., £12.95, March 1986, 1 85043 015 2
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by Zhores Medvedev.
Blackwell, 272 pp., £15, March 1986, 0 631 14782 9
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The Soviet Union: The Incomplete Super-Power 
by Paul Dibb.
Macmillan, 320 pp., £27.50, February 1986, 0 333 36281 0
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... In Brezhnev’s case the process was partly masked by its slowness: it took him 14 years to consolidate his supremacy. With Gorbachev it was clearer because it was telescoped into such a short time. ChristianSchmidt-Häuer’s Gorbachev: The Path to Power has many virtues as instant biography. It is crisply written; it is remarkably up to date; and it occupies a judicious middle terrain between over ...

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