on 11 April 1999
"The Dream That Failed" is an insightful book about what went wrong in the Soviet Union, or perhaps better, a wrong idea that was doomed to failure. Walter Laqueur deftly points out the political self-deception of the Soviet political system and the failure of the system to adapt to changing times or ever recognize the change before it was too late. The most interesting insight in the book is the analysis of Western "experts" on the Soviet Union. Most appeared to more caught up in the deceptions and failures, and still are, than the Soviet government. My only criticisms: the book is a little hard to read. The complexity of the sentence structure frequently requires breaking the sentences down into their components to keep from getting lost. The syntax also comes across as somewhat affected. Over all a very good book, well worth the effort.