“Sheds light on an important and hitherto largely overlooked phenomenon: the crackdown on corruption in Moscow's trade bureaucracy and how that might have fed directly into the political developments that led to the collapse of the USSR.”—Peter Rutland, Wesleyan University
“Makes an important and compelling case that the Soviet system, while principally different from those of Western societies, created its own formal and informal structure of incentives for rational decision making.”—Andrei Tsygankov, San Francisco State University
“Riveting. At multiple levels, this work provides new information and perspectives on a period of stalemate, factional competition, and the initiation of fundamental political and economic change.”—H-Net Reviews
“A thorough analysis . . . a rich feast of new material.”—Slavic Review
“An essential contribution to our knowledge of the USSR in the 1980s . . . allows a better understanding of the transformation of the nomenklatura during the perestroika and, ultimately, their indifference to the disappearance of the USSR.”
—translated from Cahiers du monde russe 51.4 (2010): 757–763.