A Radiant Future: Konstantin Chernenko Book

In spite of a reputation for keeping out of the public eye, Konstantin Chernenko made a collection of his essays and speeches, and has published 15 of them. Many of the pieces were prepared for specific occasions. Taken as a whole, however, the selection offers a fascinating picture of the corporate Soviet mind. Except for a page-long personal history, included in the preface at the publisher's request, Chernenko's book presents an almost disembodied, albeit forceful, expression of Communist Party orthodoxy. It serves as an interesting guidebook to the official Soviet position on matters...

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