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By Thomas Crump

Leonid Brezhnev used to be chief of the Soviet Union from 1964-1982, an extended interval than the other Soviet chief except Stalin. in the course of Brezhnev’s time Soviet energy appeared at its top and extending. residing criteria have been emerging, the Soviet Union used to be a nuclear energy and winning in its area missions, and the Soviet Union's impression reached into all a part of the realm. but, as this ebook, which gives a finished evaluate and reassessment of Brezhnev’s existence, early political profession and profession as chief, indicates, the seeds of decline have been sown in Brezhnev's time. there has been an immense over-commitment of assets to the Soviet industrial-military advanced and to vastly dear overseas coverage overstretch. whilst there has been a failure to bring on voters' emerging expectancies, and an overconfident ignoring of dissidents and their calls for. The e-book should be of significant curiosity to Russian experts, and likewise to students of diplomacy and international history.

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