RUSSIA: The Inscrutable Soviets

The People and the Power

by ROBERT G. KAISER 499 pages. Atheneum. $12.95.


by HEDRICK SMITH 527 pages. Quadrangle. $1 2.50.

The American view of Russia has been refracted over the last half-century through layers of repugnance, infatuation, loathing, horror, suspicion, complacency—and now, in doubts about détente, by suspicion again. It has run a course from Lincoln Steffens' fatuous "I have been over into the future, and it works" to the nightmares of John Foster Dulles. In imagining Russia, Americans have always had a tendency to project their own illusions upon a...

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