Books: Climbing the Kremlin Wall

ANDROPOV by Zhores A. Medvedev; Norton; 227pages; $14.95

The world knew very little about former KGB Chief Yuri Andropov when ic succeeded Leonid Brezhnev as General Secretary of the Soviet Union's Communist Party last November. Almost immediately, a gaggle of professional and amateur Kremlinologists scrambled to fill the information gap. Thus far all but one of their books have been either disappointingly speculative or based on stale data. The exception is this lively and provocative portrait by Zhores Medvedev, an exiled Soviet scientist living in London. Medvedev, 57, relied in part on the...

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