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Fiscal constraints on market-oriented reform in a socialist economy (IMF working paper) Unknown Binding – 1991


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  • Unknown Binding: 28 pages
  • Publisher: International Monetary Fund, Research Dept (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006DHFP4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Clinch VINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2003
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Forsyth has been noted for the detail and realism his books convey. I realised how true this was while watching the news and having just been reading this book on the train home, I suddenly realised I was waiting for news on the events in this book. I think this shows how involved I had become in the story.

On top of the extraordinary but believable storyline, is a good writer at work. Throughout my reading I had seen one nagging drawback to an otherwise brilliant tale. In order not to give anything away, all I can say is that I thought it was a bit biased. However as the book reaches its conclusion, with a superb twist, the idea dawns that you've been lead up the garden path, by a skilled author who can give you more than a stunning narrative.
Having read the majority of his books I would recommend any of them, but this one is especially good.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Rennie Petersen on 12 May 2005
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"The Devil's Alternative" is a spy thriller from the end of the 1970's. The story pits the Russian leader (modeled somewhat on Leonid Brezhnev) against the American President (modeled somewhat on Lyndon Johnson) in a world crisis situation. At the same time the story is very European in that it is the British who just happen to have a spy with access to the Russian Politburo meetings. Also, most of the scenes that do not take place in the White House or the Kremlin take place in Europe.
The story is very exciting, although somewhat unrealistic. As usual, the good guys are trying to prevent World War III while the "hawks" in both the Kremlin and the White House can hardly wait to get going. The ending is somewhat contrived but on the whole the book is a very good read.
For someone reading this book nowadays it seems rather dated because of the huge changes in the world political and military situation since the 1970's. This can be considered either negative or positive depending on whether you are interested in the history of this era.
The differences between then and now are amazing. At that time the Soviet Union and Russia were a world superpower. Eastern Europe was communist, Germany was divided, and West Berlin was an isolated non-communist island in communist East Germany. The major political and military conflict in the world was the efforts of the communist countries to try to convert the whole world to communism and the efforts of the non-communist countries to prevent this from happening.
All of the above facts play a major role in this story, so an understanding of the situation then being different from the situation now is brought forcefully home to the reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skydiver on 9 Nov. 2012
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Classic early Forsyth, brilliantly researched and incredibly detailed. The story starts with a series of seemingly completely unconnected events which then slowly come together in a way you couldn't have imagined, until the US President is presented with The Devil's Alternative. The solution, the final twist, is brutal and totally unexpected. The politics may be a little difficult for the younger generation, but I was around during the Cold War, and this book is a Cold War classic. Brilliant.
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By Salvatore on 3 Feb. 2014
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It is obvious that a lot of effort has gone into the research for this book, but whether it was worthwhile I am not too sure. After masses of information and complex characterisation, one is left with what is only really a routine thriller with not a lot of originality. It is fast moving, easy to read and if you are waiting for your plane or train go for it, but if you want an original stimulating read, try something else.
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By John Murray TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Mar. 2014
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First read this year's ago, now read again on my Kindle. As Greg on Master Chef might say "story telling just doesn't get any better".
Frederick Forsyth is the Grand Master of story telling and this tale of world politics, espionage and terrorism stands with the best. Easily believable, well researched and a joy to read. The twist at the end is classic.
Trust me - you won't regret downloading this one.
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By grampa joe on 20 April 2015
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I'm reading this novel for a second time and I think I'm enjoying it even more than the first time.......my " rule of thumb " for a good book.....
" would I read it twice.......Yes, yes and yes again.......end of review......incidentally it about an almighty tussle between the two suoer powers,
with an independant spanner thrown in to spice things up.......read it you'll enjoy it
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true to Forsyth's style of writing .Hugely entertaining and thought provoking.His novels seem to me make many authors efforts in this genre somewhat weak and watery. I think it must be due to his training and experiance as a news corespondent and combatent that gives a reader the feeling that he or she is reading a report of an event rather than a "tale" .
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In my opinion this is Forsyth atr his very best. Very well researched with snippets of recent history help to make the whole seem
absolutely authentic. Once started you will not want to put this novel down.asit is completel absorbing from beginning ro the
very end wich contains an astonishing surprise..
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